I have a close friend who is so intense and beautiful that she makes me feel insignificant in the world. It’s emotionally difficult to get someone to look at you differently than they do or that you may want them to…to see you as you know you are, compassionate, driven, loyal, intelligent, sexy. She is the kind of rare woman to me who is transcendent, intelligent, gorgeous and ethereal. I understand that I will never be closer to her than I am in these pages, her character, her actions, her voice. And at times that is crushing. There are things I can never say to her, things I can never ask her. That is how a portion of this story was created, the innocuousness of the first time that I noticed her, I was struck by the way her smile ripped open the darkness. I could come up with a unique reason every day why I believe she is the most beautiful person I have ever come across. Some of my best creativity in the last few years has been fueled by her friendship, by my genuine love for who she is and who she desires to be.