SPOILERS: Season 6 up to “DMP”. My own imagination after that.
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And then, as often happens to humans, things changed. People that she loved left her, in various ways. She didn’t feel very special anymore. She felt quite ordinary. Then one day something very extraordinary happened. She died.
There was a shadow who had loved the girl. Even though she was gone, the shadow loved her still. He lived a shadow life, lurking in the dark and skirting along the edges of the light. It was as good as it had been for a while. It was as much as a shadow could expect.
Then the girl came back. She was a very special one, with a powerful destiny. But the girl had a secret. She was a shadow too.
The shadow who loved her knew her secret. But he had his own secret. He knew how to make her flame and kindle back into the light again.
She came to him, to be her shadow self. He tried to help her light her flame. It kindled and died each time. She would not let it burn. The shadow began to think that there was nothing inside her for him to light.
One night, the girl and the shadow lit the fire. The shadow rejoiced. The very special girl, the one he loved, had returned. A bonfire flared bright all night, burning high and hot. But in the light of day, she blew out the fire, and ground the embers into cool, dark dust.
The shadow tried to kindle her flame, again and again. But she withdrew farther and farther into the darkness, until one day, she was gone. She walked, and talked, and looked like the one he had loved. But there was nothing there. Not even an ordinary girl.
Sadly, the shadow turned and walked away, cupping his small spark in his hands. He went off to find someone to make a flame with, to mate their fire with his.
Maybe an ordinary girl could give him a happily ever after.