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Down in the heart and in the stars above,
Without it, life is wasted time.
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine
~ higher love, james vincent mcmorrow ~
Luka Elliott Zanardi was born on the beach in Southampton, New York, during a socialite beach party when he was born almost two months early. He fought for his life after birth, and whilst he was in the Neonatal ICU, his mother, a model for Oscar de la Renta, was found to have a terrible blood infection that caused the early labor and took her life. No one ever knew who Luka's father was, though there were rumours after his mother's death that he was extremely high profile in the celebrity world. Luka was adopted by an LGBT couple, two women, in Portland, Oregon after he was released from hospital six months after he was born. That was one of three times Luka dodged the bullet of death.
The second time Luka's life was nearly ended prematurely was when he was fourteen years old. He was involved in a ski accident on a school trip to Aspen, Colorado, where another skier ploughed into him on the slope and sent them both careening into a tree. Luka suffered terrible head injuries and was in a coma for three months. His parents thought it had to be a miracle when he eventually woke up and made a full recovery. It wasn't long after this when one of Luka's parents sat him down for a heart-to-heart. His adopted mother, Benita, was transsexual, and she was at a point in her life where she couldn't keep living as the woman she wasn't anymore. It took some years, but with Luka slowly taught what this meant, he was more than prepared when his now father had the transitional surgery when Luka was seventeen and became known as Ben. The transition never affected the relationship of Luka's parents, and even though it was a huge upheaval, he knew no matter what, they were still his parents.
Luka's third brush with death was a year after his dad's surgery. Luka, gay himself, was kidnapped at his senior prom by a gang from a school in the town over. He was being for having a transsexual father and left in a ditch on the roadside to die. According to the testimonies in the court case, it had just 'started out as a joke' and turned into a nightmare when entrenched homophobic attitudes bred into the teenagers who did it turned vicious under the influence of alcohol. To this day, Luka doesn't know who it was who found him and called 911. Once again, he made a full recovery and it was then that he began to wonder if he had a guardian angel, and it ignited an inspiration for him to write a book.
Luka did recover from the attack, though underwent psychological treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Ultimately, he channelled his pain into writing. His book was about a teenage guardian angel who falls in love with his charge, both of them gay. He scored a publishing deal just shy of his 20th birthday and ultimately, his idea turned into a complete series about his angel character called Higher Love. Luka is now an international best-selling author of Young Adult Fiction with a massive fan following of his books. As much as he loved his parents, after what happened to him in the final year of high school, he struggled to live in Oregon.
With the payout from his first book, he moved to New York in a tiny little apartment. He met his now best friends, Nerolie and Iain, a book editor and agent respectively. Luka's cash flow increased quickly with his success, and it all led to him deciding to buy a lavish beach house in Southampton just a stone's throw from the beach he was born on. He lives there now with Nerolie and Iain, and commutes to New York City for business when necessary. His fifth book is just about to be released, but little does he realise that he is about to face a simple twist of fate, and become a guardian angel of sorts in his own right...
Luka is an Original Character