if i am lost for a day try to find mebut if I don't come back then I won't look behind me
Peggie is the 13 year old middle child in a family of six. She has five other siblings: a geeky 17 year old brother named Ainsley, 14 year old twin step-brothers, and a two year old half-sister. She lives with her father and stepmother in a sprawling old house on top of a hill, where no one really pays that much attention to each other.
Peggie has straight brown hair, always pulled back in two braids and tied with two neat ribbons. She alternates the colour of her ribbons by the days of the week. Her eyes are a murky hazel-green and she has a scattering of freckles from spending too much time in the sun. At school, she is quiet, clever, and works hard. She'd be ignored by her peers if it wasn't for the fact that she likes all the right things and knows exactly what to say; as a result, she has no shortage of girls clamouring to be her friend. She knows how to keep herself out of trouble, how to fly under the radar, how to be perfectly average and normal and boring.
Until the day she crawls up to the attic and finds an old book of fairytales she has never seen before. She hauls it downstairs, where she curls up in the old beat-up armchair by the window and she begins to read. Peggie never did like fairytales; she thinks them unrealistic, with false hopes, but there's just nothing else to do on this lazy Sunday afternoon. The fairytales are all very strange; she's never heard any of them before. When she goes to sleep that night, she's still thinking about them.
Peggie starts having the most vivid dreams; she dreams she's a creature of some sort, with large curved horns, draped with pearls. Other creatures like her tell her that they've been waiting for her for a long time, and that she is their princess. When she wakes, she is convinced that it is nothing more than a flight of fancy. Blinking at the light streaming through her windows, she thoughtlessly combs her hand through her messy bedhair. They catch on something; when she clasps the object, her hand comes away with a strand of pearls.
Peggie is shaken but thinks that it's just a coincidence ... until she begins to dream every single night of the 'other' world, where she is a beloved princess, and every morning, she wakes with another object. A gemstone; a book; ribbons; a cloak; a crown. At first she is hesitant but then begins to enjoy her trips to this magical place, and she begins to indulge in her role. She becomes bossy, haughty, demanding and self centered. In reality, she changes from a sweet, quiet child to a spoilt brat. She begins to lose her grip on reality, sleeping for long stretches at a time, becoming irritable, angry and depressed when woken. Her grades begin to decline, and she has no interest in her friends or outside activities. One day she is careless and forgets to hide the latest object she has brought back; her stepmother finds it and, coupled with Peggie's new personality and behaviour, thinks she is a thief on top of everything else. She begs Peggie to tell her what is going on, and though Peggie and her stepmother have always had a good relationship, Peggie says that she owes her stepmother no explanation because she isn't her real mother. Peggie's stepmother doesn't speak to Peggie for weeks, and Peggie doesn't care.
Ainsley, in his fairytale world, has since learned of a Sheeta princess that flickers in and out of existence. When he returns to his human form in the Autumn, by chance he notices the book of fairytales underneath Peggie's bed. He notices her odd sleeping patterns and her newly obstinate personality and he realises that his sister is the princess. But Ainsley has come too late, for Peggie decides that she would like to sleep forever, and has since lapsed into a coma. Ainsley can do nothing until the Spring, where he will then become an Angelic Devonti and live in the same world as his sister. He plans to beg his sister to wake up, but until then, he keeps vigil at her bedside, wondering how to save someone who doesn't want to be saved.