The Curse of The Falling Stars
Now a featured story (#881)
#3 in whimsical on 23rd September
Stars have been falling for centuries. Very few people know that stars fall almost every day, and nobody knows why. They simply drop, and as long as they are on the earth's surface, they cause Imbalances, which is just fancy-talk for something in Nature getting awesomely screwed up. Not to worry though, one secret society has got it all figured out. The Mariners. A brilliant assortment of sailors, navigators, explorers, travellers and astronomers, all dedicated to reversing Imbalances by finding the fallen stars and returning them to the cosmos. Incredible people like Vasco Da Gama and Christopher Columbus were all part of the Mariners' society.
The current generation of Mariners includes Lilt Williams, who belongs to an all-Mariner family of people as in love with the sky and the ocean as she is. Just as Lilt is being initiated into the society, disaster in the form of Una strikes. Una is a fallen star which can wreak havoc of epic proportions, by bringing back every single Imbalance which has struck the earth since the start of time. Every single curse brought on by every single fallen star, all back in the span of a day.With this comes a whole host of missing children and hidden cities, ballgowns and blackmail, ancestors and glowing stars... History will repeat itself, with more than a few terrible, beautiful twists.
What happens next is a breathtaking (hopefully) story of history, family, friendship and magic.