Aliases Dei, Ana
Likes Gardens, flowers, exploration, reading, baking, calligraphy
Dislikes Weeds, lies, being stuck in one place, cooking
Personality Deikana has a strong sense of duty and loyalty towards the people she trusts and respects. As the adopted daughter of the royal family, she was given the same resources that her sister, Day, had available to her. Thus, she learned she had a natural talent for baking and floral design. Dei is very detail oriented, but she is also easily frustrated if things go wrong for her. More coming soon.
Deikana is adopted into the royal family after the king finds her as a filly wandering the courtyards of a lord's grounds. Intrigued at how similar she looks to his real daughter, Day, the king decides that the two would be perfect together as playmates. He names the filly Ana, after his late mother.
As he expected, Day and Ana got along from the first moment they met. They were like two sides of one stone-- whereas one loved rough play and adventuring, the other preferred the quiet of the library or gardening. But they were always together, no matter what they did, because the two fillies had no one else but each other to play with. They took turns figuring out which activity to do, and the palace changed for the better after Ana came into their lives.
There came a time when Day had to excuse herself from the daily activities that she and Ana did together because she had to start learning how to become a proper princess. Ana was not required to attend any princess lessons because she would not take over the throne one day. However, Ana attended them anyway because it was lonely without her companion. Together, they learned how to act lady-like and have proper manners. They were taught how to write in calligraphy and how to speak clearly-- which was especially hard for Ana because she always had a bit of a stutter. Nothing changed between the two sisters during those times. Of course, Day had to learn more exclusive lessons, but Ana knew that the king was already doing more than enough for her by allowing her to partake in Day's normal lessons.
Unfortunately, Day fell ill one day when she was sent a bouquet claimed to be from a prince. The flowers that she received were covered in a poison that slowly took over Day's immune system and made her too weak to perform her royal duties. The king, overprotective of his daughter, made Day stay in her room to rest as much as she could. She wasn't allowed to leave her room or do anything but eat porridge and hope that the symptoms would wear off.
Over time, it was apparent that the princess wouldn't recover. Her room was kept dark to make it easier for her to fall asleep, but Day hated being kept out of the light. However, the king wouldn't allow any fresh air or light to come into her room because he insisted that she needed to rest and recover as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, the king asked Ana to take Day's place as the crown princess so that his subjects wouldn't worry and so that no one would think his bloodline was over if the princess didn't make it. Even grown up, she and Day looked like they could be twins. Day's coat grew lighter as she got older, while Ana's stayed the same, so there was a noticeable difference to those who knew who exactly they were. However, to a stranger, they could be considered the same person unless they stood next to each other.
Ana was given a new name, Dei, while she pretended to be her best friend, and Dei did the best she could to imitate her friend.
Four years later, Day is still fighting her frailty from the incident. Still forced to keep her room dark and to sleep most of the day, Day was growing weaker and weaker. Dei made frequent visits to her friend at first, but even she wasn't allowed to visit Day over time-- only Day's servants could come in, feed her, and leave.
Dei snuck into Day's room one day, and she noticed how weak her friend had become. Day didn't have much time left for her if things continued at that rate, and Dei asked her friend what she could do to help. Day had but one request: let her out into the garden at least one last time before she passed. And without telling anyone about their plan, Dei took Day to her secret garden, an area which she found while exploring as a kid which was located in an older part of the castle and forgotten by most of the servants.
Here, Day made an amazing recovery. The warmth of the sunlight on her coat and the smell of flowers and fresh air lifted the burden of the illness from Day. The effects of the poison and her frailty were different in the case that the poison left her system years ago. It was only because she was deprived of sunlight and fresh air that Day became as weak as she was. Being the crown princess of a kingdom that worships the sun, legend has it that each of the members of the royal family have a small piece of the sun born inside them. Flustered with trying to keep his daughter safe, the king forgot this and made his daughter live in darkness for years.
After returning Day to her room, the effects of the darkness began effecting the princess again. The strength she received from the sun was slowly eaten away, and Day returned to her usual self in those days. Immediately, the servants noticed that Day was better... but only slightly. Dei took Day out to her secret garden as often as she could without anyone noticing, and Day's health returned to her progressively over time.
News of this reached the king, and he was overjoyed to hear that his daughter was getting better. However, one day, Dei was caught trying to take Day outside. Outraged that Dei would try to go against his word, he ordered that the false crown princess is watched over 24/7 to make sure she doesn't try anything again.
Day's health began to decline again, and the king blamed Dei for it. He refused to see Dei for months before Day was at the brink of death. Desperate, Dei confesses that she took Day outside many times before because he kept her locked up for so long. She reminds her adoptive father of the legend of the royal family, and she tells him that there's truth in it. Day needs to be able to go outside and enjoy the freedom of the wind and light; otherwise, she would wither away in the darkness.
Unable to argue Dei's suggestion, the king allowed for Day to go outside for one afternoon to see if what Dei said was true, and to his surprise, Day's health did improve that evening. He and Dei devised a plan that would allow Day a few hours outside everyday to help her get healthier, and there came a time when Day was completely healed of her illness.
The only problem that came with that is that in the years that she stayed inside of the castle, Day's coat was no longer as dark and luscious as it used to be. Day and Dei looked like completely different horses by then, and no one knew how to switch the two princesses' roles back to the right order.
Day and Dei agreed that the best thing to do was to tell the truth to the kingdom about them. There were rumors about the two fillies being playmates, but no one knew the truth about there being two princesses other than the most trusted servants and advisors of the castle. Tough as it was to admit, the king finally agreed to tell his kingdom the truth and later held a ceremony for the return of his real daughter to the throne.
There, he announced that Dei had been taking Day's place over the years to protect her friend and sister, and Dei was acknowledged as part of the real royal family, despite being adopted. If anyone were to treat his two princesses differently because one was his true daughter and one was his adopted, then they would be punished.
And they lived happily ever after.
I've been writing this for like an hour and a half, omg. IT'S A SUMMARY NOT A STORY. AGH.