In which Mira celebrates her Eleventy Year, acquires a fairy doll of dubious origins, meets a changeling, and learns that she is to be the next Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae.
Preliminary Report by Bodkins A Hatpin to Her Majesty of the Realm
Subject: Mira Morganstein a.k.a Our New Queen In Potentia
Topic: The Subject’s Fascination with the Number Three, Glitter, and Fancy Dresses.
As per your request, I have studied the girl in question. While the magic is in her blood, I am still not settled as to whether or not her personality is compatible with her future duties. My findings are below.
Mira Morganstein has always wanted to be a princess.
If it is pink, frilly, or sparkles, she wants one. Two is better, and three, perfect.
Mira always does things by threes if she can help it—which will be both a strength and a hinderance.
So far as we have been able to ascertain, she believes three is a special number that is, at its heart, the direct opposite of what it says it is. An odd number, yet it is made of two half circles stacked one on top of the other. It has three points aimed at the left, but always looks forward. It is an unfinished letter “B”, and its number of points odd and its curves even.
She is the sort of person who finds comfort in a number that is more like a metaphor than a simple symbol used to denote the space between two and four. Her math teacher, Ms. Simmons, a mortal fraught with reality, despairs of ever getting Mira to write a three without flourishing it somewhere.