Outside the mortal realm, where humans and all earthly beings reside, there are creatures of great power. These creatures are nameless, and without form or morality. They play with mortal lives, like throwing stones in a fishpond, disturbing the calm waters. In rare cases, those stones become golden coins. These golden coins are called blessings, while the stones are called curses. A blessing for a mortal could be good fortune, new life, or magical abilities, while a curse could me tragedy, death and other horrible fates. These beings are often perceived as otherworldly elements like karma, or gods. But in reality, they are merely troublemakers who ruin lives.
Angelique Vosce, a 28-year-old woman, and the most talented child of the prestigious Vosce family, a family built on their excellence in the food industry. The fates seemed to especially despise Angelique, possibly because she wasn't very ordinary. By the time Angelique turned 1, she was able to memorize recipes and develop an understanding of cooking. By 2 she could cook basic dishes with minor assistance since she was still a very small child, and at 3 she could discern the ingredients within most of the dishes she tasted, and sometimes, she could even tell through her sense of smell.
She was such a surprising success, her family proclaimed her as the prodigy of the house at age 4 and began to give her brutal and extensive schooling. At 5 her training began, from4 in the morning to 8 at night she would work each weekday, often falling ill and having few connections. Even through the masochistic training, lack of friendship or familial love, and lack of a real childhood, Angelique grew to become an intelligent and caring person. She was selfless, and kind to those around her, and was generally well-liked, though not exemplary in her social skills compared to her skills as a cook. But when she turned 27 and had enough money to sustain herself, she decided to depart from her family's estate and embark on a journey of her own.
It took Angelique one year to create her own bakery from square one, devoting all her time and savings into making it unique and special. It was her dream to run a bakery in a small town, to hand children candies she made by hand, and to make a name for herself without the influence of her family. The day before she planned to open the bakery, Angelique went out for a walk to celebrate. At midnight, while she was crossing a bridge, a car sped behind her and she fell into the water below. She died by drowning, not knowing how to swim. This was the curse the universe bestowed on her, to die before her happiest day.
At the same time, in some different plane of existence, was a girl of the same name. Alishen Angelique Vosce was 20 years old, the daughter of Lorden Realice, and the one month wife of Alishe Julian. It was once rumored that Alishen Angelique enjoyed beating her servants half to death. She supposedly cast evil spells to ensure her marriage with the Alishe. Worst of all, she allegedly murdered countless marriage candidates for the Alishe to marry only her.
Most of the rumors spread about were true. Her temper was like a fiery and uncontrollable beast, and she often beat her maids, though not to death. In terms of marriage, she ensured it with bribery and cruelty, and although she didn't murder, many innocent girls lost their wealth and titles. Her marriage was the most joyous day of her life, as she believed, “the Alishe will love me now that I’m his wife, it was all worth it for this moment!’. Karma destroyed Angelique’s desperate dream, by making it so the Alishe refused to ever set eyes on the Alishen after the marriage. She was pushed to another house and forced to stay trapped there. After a month she decided to leap into a lake, to get the Alishen’s attention, and she died of drowning from the frigidly cold waters. For Alishen Angelique, a soul beyond redemption, she died a pathetic death in a fruitless attempt for attention.
Maybe it was because they both died at midnight, sharing the same name. Maybe it was because of mere coincidence and the whims of mystic beings. When Angelique passed away her soul entered the body of Alishen Angelique, while Alishen Angelique’s soul dissipated into the universe. When Angelique opened her eyes, she was being hauled from the water, biting cold surrounded her limbs, and distant shouting surrounded her. This was the blessing she received, along with newfound magic within her body. As for the heavenly forces pulling the strings, they decided to leave her there on her own to fend for herself while they played with other mortal souls.
Extra: The world Alishen Angelique lives within is different from the world Angelique resided. Alishen Angelique lives in the nation Varedelle, ruled by the Empress and Emperor. There are 6 princes in the nation, one titled the Heir(for example, Heir Lucas, Heir Johanne) and the other 5 with titles of Alishe(Alishen for the wives of the Alishe). The Aliche controls 6 different sectors of Varedelle, and the Heir controls the capital. Below the Alishe, in order of power, are the Lordens(rich and in council with the Emperor), the Rinchens(rich family name and political connections), and at the lowest level (rich family name of average power) were the Mergers.
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