Title: Child of the Universe - The diary of a 235 year-old teenager Author: Hazel Characters: Claire Giovannelli (OC), Max du Champs (OC), Darius, Duncan MacLeod, Methos, Joe Dawson, etc. Intro to Highlander: The Highlander franchise is about immortal humans. They are skilled warriors (most of them) that roam the Earth since the beginning of civilization and can only be killed by cutting off their heads. Details will be explained as this diary continues. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Here you can find a little look into Claire's childhood. ************************************** Vienna, 4th of January of 2013 I have never kept a diary before, but Joe gave me this one for Christmas and assured me that it would help my state of mind. I don't see how writing will help, but I promised I'd give it a try and I always keep my promises. How does one start a diary, anyway? Do we just write down what we did during the day? Do we jot down our innermost thoughts and wishes? Do we scribble whatever nonsense goes through our minds? Do we draw on the blank pages? None of these feel right to me. Maybe I'll just start at the beginning and introduce myself - my birth name is Claire Giovannelli and my original records state that I was born on the tenth day of December in the year 1777 by the base of Mount Etna in Italy. That's right, I'm 235 years-old, but I don't look a day passed 18. This is because I am an immortal, but I'll explain that later. For now, I'll continue with my introduction. I don't know if I was really born on that date and in that place because I have no idea who my real parents are (this is common among immortals and I'll try to explain that later too), I just know what my adoptive parents told me. That I was found as a newborn in a niche under a tree by the side of Mount Etna early on that day. I guess I was lucky to have been found by such wonderful people who raised me as their own and offered me the best eighteen years of my life. We had so much fun! I had an uncommon childhood for many reasons, albeit none of them related to my posterior immortality. You see, diary, I was found by circus people. My mother was the sister of the owner of the Circus Giovannelli and a brilliant performer in her own right. She was a trapeze artist. I miss her so much. Another reason my childhood was uncommon was my looks. You see, I have albinism. My hair is almost completely white, my skin is even paler and my eyes are light, almost transparent shade of blue. This is why was lucky to be found by circus people. Because, otherwise, my life would have been that much harder. Ordinary folks don't look too kindly on different people. But my family loved me dearly. My mother was not married, even though she already had a child of her own, my brother Samuel, but I did not lack a father figure. My uncle Giovannelli more than filled in the gap. I also had two cousins - Giuseppe and Giovanna. We bickered all the time, but we were very close. Then there were the rest of the circus performers, who even though were not actual relatives, were still members of the family - the clowns, the tamers, the knife throwers, the acrobats... God, I miss them all so much... it hurts now. Maybe this diary thing isn't such a good idea after all.