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Born Like Stars

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Under the risen moon, the ocean’s mighty Queen was dying, and in that eerie place beneath the sea, all were in silent mourning.

But as the Kraken stirred for the last time, she released new life into the water. Like a thousand tiny stars, her spawn rose in a glistening cloud, wriggling their minute limbs and seeking safe places to hide, feed and grow.

Some were not destined to survive; others would become the smaller males, wary of their massive, predatory mates. Among them, somewhere, was a daughter who would someday take her mother’s place as monarch of the depths.