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Black Swan

AKA Vanda Petrescu WIP

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a character in “The Circus of the Increasingly Odd”, as played by TheMagnificentVanillaBean

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Vanda was born in Bucharest, the capitol of Romania. Her mother was a prostitute, so she never met her father, or even knew who he was. They lived in poverty, which was not helped by the birth of her half-brother, Stefan. She didn't resent the extra mouth to feed, however, she loved him very much. She didn't get along very well with her mother, accusing her of being selfish by bringing children into her world. After years of back and forth, a mutual hatred set in between them. She started prostituting herself when she was thirteen to earn some extra income for the family. It was a hard life, but whenever she saw her brother eating a good meal, it made everything worth it. When she was seventeen, she met a rich man who found her very attractive, and set her up in his guest house to be his on-call mistress.

For five years she lived in the lap of luxury, her every need attended to. She had enough money to send home to support her brother. She even started developing feelings for her benefactor. It all ended when he had a heart attack, and died, his wife inheriting all his money. Vanda thrown out into the street without penny, poverty-stricken once again. She returned to her old home and found out her brother was hooking, which horrified her. Deciding that she wasn't going to allow her baby brother to live his life that way, she started searching for an alternative. She found the Cirque de'La Rosa, and its Ringmaster who recruited people with oddities. Stefan didn't want to go, because he didn't want to leave their mother behind. Worried about her brother, and resenting her mother, she snuck into her house, and suffocated her to death with a pillow. Stefan finally agreed to join the circus, and Vanda followed, becoming a showgirl in order to be closer to her brother.

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So begins...

Black Swan's Story

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Lola sighed and picked at her nails. She was leaning on one of the tent support poles watching the freaks all put in their last minute rehearsals for tonight. Lola was wearing tight black jeans and what was practically a black bra with extra straps attached. She narrowed her eyes as she saw the same performer forget her move for the fourth time in a row. The Circus had been in town for the last 10 days which the roadies had spent setting up the tent and infrastructure. So of course that meant the performing freaks had waited to the last minute to rehearse their performances.

"How are we looking for tonight?"

Lola forced herself not to jump in surprise. The Ringmaster was always very good at sneaking up on people and appearing behind you without you noticing. Lola would never get used to it. Without turning around, she replied, "Yeah. They've finished setting up. We have a fully booked show tonight and your freaks should be able to pull it together by then."


"We have a few VIPs coming tonight as well, so things better go well." The Ringmaster said sternly before soundlessly turning and leaving. They didn't even look over the performers rehearsing. The Ringmaster entrusted the running of the show to Lola, and they'd only step in after the show went badly.

Lola sighed after the Ringmaster left. As much disdain as she felt for the freaks, she couldn't just ignore them like she wanted. If they did badly tonight it was her ass on the line. The Ringmaster would blame her for anyone's failings. Then one of the acrobats fell and hit the cushioned mat they had laid down for rehearsals hard. Crossing her arms angrily, Lola took a few step into the center ring of the circus tent. "Get it together freaks!"
She yelled out to the entire group making it quite clear she was fed up with them. Then she turned and left the main tent.

Lola entered the showgirls van. Every surface and wall space was covered in costumes, mirrors, wigs, makeup and glitter. Of course at the far end of the van there was the largest cleanest mirror, that had lights around it. That was Lola's mirror. She made sure none of the other showgirls dared use it.

Currently the van was empty, but the other girls would be coming soon to get ready. Lola sat down in front of her mirror and started applying another layer of makeup. Of course she was never seen around the circus without thick makeup on. "Lunch." Aubrey entered the van holding a tray of sandwiches cut into triangles. Lola scowled. Aubrey was 13. She didn't have an oddity and was too young to be a showgirl. So she did the same things Lola used to; giving out sandwiches, cleaning, passing message around etc. The way Aubrey was eyeing up the showgirl costumes and glitter reminded Lola of her younger self.

If her heart wasn't so frozen over she might have felt pity for the young girl. Caught in a venomous trap but too starstruck to see it. All Lola felt was bitter though, soon Aubrey would be old enough to become a showgirl and she'd be young and youthful whilst Lola found herself getting older and older. When would she be too old and end up being replaced by a younger girl?

"Leave." Lola demanded after taking a sandwich half. She took a bite and threw the rest in the bin. She had a bmi she had to keep too. She couldn't control her age but she could control her weight. Sighing she sat down and started prodding at her face. She had age lines she hadn't seen on her face only a year before.