It was customary that all princesses in must be locked in a tower on their twelfth birthday, to wait for a prince to come and save them. Many princesses, my best friend included sometime marked their calendars with a giant circle around the day, and some had giant parades thrown for them as they traveled to their tower. I marked that day with a scull-and-crossbones flag, the one my teacher had shown us when taking my princess class on a field trip to Neverland. I was not excited for my birthday. I was a little afraid of it.