Age hadn't exactly come up when I had registered her.
I had full faith that the mayor that the state sent me would be 100% qualified in everyway, so I didn't even think twice about the age thing. Even though she kept insisting that she couldn't be the mayor, I didn't listen. She was the type to crack jokes, (she had already made several) and that was the train the mayor was supposed to come off of. No other trains came that day, she stopped joking about it after the first few times, and her inauguration went off without a hitch.
It was about six months before I found out, her birthday was coming up and I had planned out a wonderful party. We held it in the plaza, complete with cake, presents, streamers, and games. Practically the whole town showed up, it hadn't been long but she had already become an integral part of the community and everyone loved her. The town was thriving, and it was all thanks to her.
She was absolutely ecstatic when she found out, her blindfold ripped off and a chorus of 'Happy birthday!' rippling through the small crowd. It was a wonderful day, and everyone had a great time.
As the sun set, and everyone had wandered off, I began cleaning up after the festivities. To my suprise, she joined me, starting to pick up the trash that littered the ground.
"Oh Mayor! Thank you so much, but it's your birthday, you shouldn't have to clean up! Don't worry, I can handle this, you go have fun."
She shook her head and smiled at me, a trash bag in one hand and a discarded cake plate in another.
"Don't be silly! It's my party, I should help!"
She shushed me and continued picking up litter, a hum on her lips and a waltz in her steps.
It might've only been six months but I already knew how stubborn she could be so I dropped it. She was quite the character that was for sure. I hadn't ever met any humans before, so everything she did was a bit of a shock for me.
She knew nothing of law or government, (a fact that confused me a bit, why had they sent us a mayor with no experience?) but she was a fast learner and tried hard. It didn't take her long to learn the ropes, although she had a hard time focusing and had a tendency to be late to appointments or just straight up forget. Part of me resented the fact that I was basically doing the mayor's entire job, with her just coming in every so often to help sometimes, but at the end of the day I just couldn't hold it against her. She had good ideas and connected with people on a level I would never be able to, and they loved her for it. Plus, she never stopped showering me in praise and I couldn't help but feel needed and wanted regardless how tiring the tasks got. Although I figured I'd probably need her to take on more tasks soon.
"So why 30 candles?"
Her question pulled me from my thoughts, and I mentally chastised myself for letting my mind wander like that.
"Well I know it's a little bit of a large number but I wasn't entirely sure of your age so I rounded up a bit." I shrugged and took the mostly devoured cake from her and began to wrap it up. "Although I suppose I should have asked you before the party huh? How old are you now? 24? 27? Wait are you older then 30?" I looked over at her in panic, but she just giggled.
"Do I really look that old?" She sat on the edge of the tree planter, mischief in her eyes at the idea.
"Well I've never met a human before so I don't really have a frame of reference. I guess I'm going off your height?" Shrugging, I began to lug the folded tables back into storage. She jumped up to help, her strong arms hefting the plastic table easily.
"I'm glad I look older. It'll make people take me more seriously." She laughed again, but this time without joy. Her eyes held a pained look and I couldn't help but wonder what had happened to make the ever jolly mayor melancholy.
"So how old are you then?" I unlocked the door to the shed and she shoved it in without much trouble.
"I'm- wait no I just had my birthday…"
The wind picked up a bit, the chilly winter air biting at our noses. Her smile turned blinding as she looked up at me in mirth, bouncing on her toes.
And then my world fell apart.
Let's hope my sickness doen't kill this project too lol.