*Esmè is a character of mine from my story:”Eloise-the demented doll woman.” You can look at pictures of her on my wall if you want to know about what she looks like.
Once upon a time, in the 1960s, there was a little girl named Esmè. She lived with her Mom and Dad.
She loved her Dad, but her Mom…her Mom didn’t love her. Esmè didn’t understand why. She heard her Mom say something about wanting a perfect child. Esme didn’t understand.
Wasn’t she good enough?
But it didn’t matter, because Esmè had her father to talk to and play with.
One day, her father took her to the circus.
She got to have so many sugary sweets, listen to fun music, meet clowns and jesters and have a ton of balloons, enough to hand out to people at a theme park.
In short, Esmè got spoiled.
But she wasn’t a brat.
As Esmè was having fun, she saw a lady. The lady had blond hair and brown eyes. She was in a ringmaster costume. She looked so powerful and beautiful.
Esmè ran up to her and introduced herself. The lady smiled and told Esmè her name was Leona and she owned the circus. She was also the person who created the circus.
Now, Esmè was officially in awe of her. She owned this wonderful paradise?!
Esmè ran over to her Dad to tell him all about Leona. She asked if she could go here more often to talk to Leona. He said yes.
Esmè jumped up and down with joy.
From that day on, Esmè visited Leona. Leona would teach her tricks and tell her how she ran the circus. Esmè felt so loved by her.
That is, until this one day.
Esmè, wearing her favorite outfit, having her hair in two braids, went to Leona’s circus with her family.
When she got there, she came up to Leona and asked her very nicely if she had any circus freaks. (To play with, of course).
Leona had smiled and told Esmè and her Dad to follow her. They did.
The next thing she knew, Esmè had green snake skin, sharp teeth and yellow eyes! She looked at her Dad and realized that he had the same curse, too.
Leona got her Mom over. For some reason, she didn’t curse her Mom.
Her Mom looked at them and deemed them ugly.
Esmè felt like she could cry. She knew her Mom didn’t like her, but it still hurt that she declared her ugly.
Leona separated Esmè from her Dad and locked her in a cage. For many days, Esmè was all alone. She cried. She missed her whole family.
Then, one day, Esmè found a key in her prison and unlocked the cage. She grabbed two branches and rubbed them together. One branch caught on fire. She dropped the stick to the ground and ran away.
Leona tried to stop her, but it was too late.
Esmè was free, for now..
But, Leona, in a black dress and cloak this time, came out of the fire and locked her in a cage. This time, there was no key for Esmè to free herself with.
Leona smiled at her.
“Time will pass, but you’ll stay four forever. The only way for this to change is for someone to free you.You’ll stay four when someone frees you, of course. Only then will you have the ability to age again.” Leona said, grinning widely.
Esmè didn’t understand what she just said. All she knew was that she would be trapped in this dark circus, forever.
Her life was ruined.
When Leona left her alone in her cage, Esmè cried and cried and cried, for it was all she could do.
How did it ever come to this?
Was this how the circus freaks felt every day?
Was this how they all felt?
This..this wasn’t fun at all.