Viva la vida // Coldplay 

I found the beginning of a story I forgot about.

... ... ... ... ... ... ... 

Iris was ancient when she passed. 

People of the Ivory City recalled her to be a noble and wise ruler. She had loved her people and her City, and she had protected them fiercely as a mother does her own children for over sixty years. 
And so, when it seemed she was dying, Iris despaired. Not for herself but for her fair city. 
Iris was childless, and she feared that after her death, a dispute between potential heirs would cause tension and perhaps even spark a war. Still, at the age of eighty-two {and at Death’s door, no less}, what could she do? 

The year before Iris’ passing, she visited her lake retreat on the City’s outskirts, where she could rest in quiet and spend her afternoons standing thigh-deep in the water, watching the swans, for as long as she pleased. 
The story goes that, one day, the old Queen began to weep while standing out in the water, despairing the turmoil she was about to unleash on her beloved home and people. 
A black swan came to her and asked, “Why do you cry, my lady?” 
Iris told it why, and the black swan responded, “I will give you an heir, my Queen, and she will rule your City justly, just as you have these many years.” 
The Queen, overjoyed, blessed the black swan and even kissed the tip of his scarlet bill. “Thank you!” she cried. “Bless you, noble swan.” 
“You will find an egg there in the lilies. Care for it, and from there, your daughter will come,” said the black swan. And then, as quickly as he appeared, he left, never to be seen again. 
But before Iris could go retrieve the egg, a second swan came to her – this time, a white swan. And this one said, “Oh, poor Queen! What have you done? That other was a daemon in guise! The child he has given you will annihilate your City and people!” 
Iris, no longer jubilant, began to weep again. “What can I do, good swan?” she sobbed. 
And the white swan replied, “I will give you a child – one that will save your City from the deceiving one.” 
The Queen was again relieved. 

The pair of eggs found in the patch of pond lilies were identical in every way. Iris had no way of knowing which was the good egg and which was the bad. 

The Queen arrived at her palace cradling two palm-sized eggs in a bundle of furs to keep them warm. And only days later, they hatched. 
Within the first egg was a baby girl no bigger than a child’s palm, her tiny, fragile body cradled in folds of silk. The infant’s head was haloed in cherubic curls of gold and her eyes were wide and blue summer sky. Additionally, she had…as peculiar as it seemed…a pair of downy white wings sprouting from between her shoulder blades. 
The second egg produced a girl baby of the same size. This child, however, was crowned with a head of dark hair. And instead of white wings, this girl had a pair of charcoal black wings not unlike a raven’s. 
Iris knew immediately that the dark-haired one was the daemon’s child. She knew the girl posed a threat to her City, but in the end, could not abandon her. Not telling anyone what the white swan had said, Iris kept the dark one too. 

The angelic child Iris named Neige. The other she called Noirin.
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