Like every night, every day, the sky was calm. The clouds were few, the stars glistened and shone bright. In the distance, dark silhouettes moved throughout the sky. Some could be seen snuffing out the older, duller stars. Others were giving life to new ones. Their pelts were dark colors, reflecting the lights around them. Some were dark purples and blues, some greens and blues, but all had stars buried in their pelts, as well as manes and tails. These were the star-keepers.
The star-keepers were considered the moon goddess' pets. It was up to the moon goddess to keep things in place, to maintain the balance in the night sky. The star-keepers were her helpers. They were lower ranked, immortal beings, not really registering as a god or deity. However, their jobs were important.
The peaceful skies were interrupted by prayers that seemed to flood heaven's floor all at once. There was one prayer that was set apart from everyone else's, one prayer that rang louder and clearer. This prayer was the one the gods paid more attention to.
“I'll do anything, please... Just give her a chance, I beg you...”
These cries echoed throughout the night sky. The prayer was repeated over and over again until a booming voice rang out, “Enough. Obviously this is a bad idea. We cannot upset the balance for this... random creature.”
“Elio, you and I both know he isn't random,” came a softer reply. A pale mare stepped out from the shadows, the clouds parting around her hooves. Her frame was slender, tall and ethereal. Her mane fell in soft waves, the forelock falling over her eyes.
Her eyes. Her eyes always left the sun god speechless, uneasy and fascinated all at once. Much like her coat, her eyes were milky white. She couldn't see like normal, but he knew she had a canny way of seeing things others could not.
“No, Aysel, we are not prepared to deal with this... You know the consequences. The way things are up here already, adding this only--” Again he was interrupted.
“But he is prepared. He is ready. I remember you had asked the same for--”
“That is different.” At one time, Aysel and Elio relied solely on each other. They were inseparable. It was because of that, that they were where they are now. Times were different now, with lesser gods being picked off here and there, he couldn't jeopardize bringing in--
“It wouldn't be jeopardizing anything. In fact, I think it would benefit us.” The mare pushed her muzzle against his pelt affectionately. He seemed to huff, his ears pinning back in annoyance. “I hate when you do that, Aysel.”
He eyed her a moment, clearly not amused, at least at first glance. “How will it benefit us?” he finally asked. In his mind's eye, he could see the many roads this decision would take them. The journey that would be taken and the outcome. All of that flickered through his mind as if he were channel surfing.
“By making him a star-keeper.”
Elio curled his lip in annoyance and frustration. There was more to it than that, this horse, this mortal would bring down a war, among the gods. But he didn't say anything more. Instead he shook out his fiery gold mane and turned away from Aysel. “Do what you want, but I promise this will end badly.”
This creature would ruin everything for him.
After he was gone, busy giving life to the other parts of the world, Aysel was thinking through all of the consequences and outcomes, one by one, wondering what would be so bad if she had done this. Once she made up her mind, she floated down gracefully on the clouds, reaching out to the poor soul that was begging for her help.
“The gods have heard you, my child. Your daughter will live out her days healthy, while you serve us in the skies.”
Light flared out everywhere; blues and greens curling down from the sky. Stars fell from space, stopping to join in with the lights. The lights and stars swirled down around the black stallion, lifting him up into the sky. He was set in front of the pale goddess, the whites showing in his eyes and his ears pivoting back and forth.
“What—Who are you?”
“I am Aysel, the moon goddess. I have heard your prayer.”
With that an explosion of light and stars erupted in the sky.