The warm light filled the room aglow.
Sandra James was reading one of her favourite books when she got an eerie feeling to look at the clock.
11:59 turned to 12:00 am.
"Oh, crap," Sandra said, closing her book.
All of a sudden, there was a bright flash of light in the room.
"Hello, Mother." Standing in the middle of her living room was a woman of extreme beauty. Her long golden hair was a shimmering waterfall down her back. Her eyes were the colour of sea blue. Her clothes looked like she had stepped out of the renaissance era.
The glow around her faded and so did some of her beauty. If one looked closely, you could see crows feet at the corner of her eyes and lines around her mouth.
"Darling! Happy Birthday!" Titania, Queen of the Fairies, cried out as she went to give her daughter a hug.
"Thanks, Mom," Sandra said as she got squashed by her mother.
"So, how does it feel to be 25?" Titania asked as she sat down on the couch.
"I'm 24, Mom. I'm not that old," Sandra said, annoyed. She went in to the kitchen to make her mother some coffee. "What kind of creamer do you want?" Sandra called out.
"Chocolate!" Titania called back.
"I don't have chocolate. You'll get what you get!" Sandra called back. When she got back to the living room, her mother was pouting. "Oh, stop it."
Titania was sipping her coffee when her face lite up, then she looked mischievous. "So," she said and straightened up, "when are you going to get married?"
Sandra looked at her mother and said, "We already talked about this, Mom. When Lucas and I are ready, we will get married. End of discussion. Anyway, is Dad coming?" Sandra sipped her coffee.
Titania rolled her eyes. "That man is probably busy yelling at Puck."
"Why doesn't Dad give him a break?" Sandra said.
Her mother opened her mouth to say something when another flash of light in the living room made Sandra see spots.
"Where's my daughter?" a booming voice called out.
"Do you have to use so much pazaz, Oberon?"
Standing where her mother appeared, Oberon, King of the Fairies, was basking in the after glow. As the glow left, one could tell that his hair had started to turn gray and his stomach was starting to get bigger so that he was sucking it in when his daughter turned to him.
Sandra got up and walked over to where her father and her friend were standing. "Hello, Daddy."
Oberon grabbed Sandra and gave her a giant Bear Hug. "And how is my favourite daughter?"
"I'm good and you?"
"I'm well. Is your mother here?" Oberon said then located his wife on the couch. He walked over to Titania, bent over and gave her a kiss on the cheek. "oh, wait. What is this? Hold still, Sweetie."
"What? What is it?" Titania asked, worried.
"I think I see a gray," Oberon said.
"Well, then, pull it out," Titania said. "Ouch!"
"There! Got it!" Oberon said.
As her parents looked at the gray hair, Puck walked up to Sandra. "Hey, happy birthday. 24, huh? That is pretty old."
"I'm not as old as you, but thank you anyway," Sandra said. "So, what has been happening around the palace?"
"I'm not supposed to tell you this, but, since I use to baby-sit you, your Mother and Father are thinking of marrying you off," Puck said.
"What!?" Sandra cried out.