I can’t pinpoint the moment I realised our daughter was different, but I know exactly when I accepted her difference as fact. This moment right here, right now. There were signs along the way - some subtle, others not-so-much - which offered hints, slowly preparing my husband and I

 

"Tell me a bedtime story, George." Amy, seven years old, tucked herself into bed as she pleaded with her companion. "It's a little late, isn't it?" George questioned, his voice stern. "Pleeeease?" Amy smiled, exposing the gaps where her front teeth had fallen out.

 

Dayko, test pilot and youngest son of the Phan royal family, sat in quiet contemplation with his head resting on his knees. His perch at the peak of the palace afforded him views across the landscape in every direction. His  next test flight - possibly his last test flight -

 

The inhabitants of the planet Fele referred to themselves as 'feisty' and 'passionate'; however, other member races of the United Planets called them bloodthirsty, belligerent, vain, and a little fragrant. Through civil wars, blood feuds, and family disagreements, the planet Fele was an arid wasteland. Only after its inhabitants ran