A priest couldn’t sleep in the wee, early hours of the morning; he decided to go pray in the town church. After he was done praying faithfully he went to the confession box, and unexpectedly found an abandoned, darling, baby girl.
Sadly, he wasn’t able to care for it, he gave it to a woman in the village who remarried but was unable to have children of her own. The woman saw it as a great blessing sent from G-d.
The girl’s name was Aurora, named after the dazzling light of the dawn. The woman’s name was Scarlett from a deep, dark, red, rose. The father’s name was Jack.
He took her on hunting trips to teach her how to survive. He showed her how to sense when someone was following her and how to dodge them but he didn’t let her hold a gun.
Scarlett believed Aurora should to go to an all-girls school which accepted girls from all classes which could afford finishing school. She was sent away from her family for schooling against Jack’s wishes. At school, she looked poorer than the other girls there and she was the only one who earned her keep by making sandwiches for the other girls.
She only knew about the family she was raised in. She didn’t know about the rich life style of the other girls and she was different from them. The rich girls were confident whereas she was naive and shy. She was bullied often for behaving like an introvert.
Despite all of her social struggles she was succeeding in school with her thirst for knowledge which was inherited from Jack’s strong influence on her. She was content but that was about to change. Sadly, Scarlett never told her about the priest who gave her up when she was an infant.
He was angry at Aurora’s success at her school and he wanted to take her away to live with him. He owned two mean dogs and he was trying to dismantle the school. The girls were in danger; Aurora bravely led them to a place so safe where the priest wouldn’t find them.
The head mistress was named Lucy. She was not as gentle as the name implies. She handled the priest and his dogs. She learnt sword fighting from her father and the priest didn’t know anything about holding a sword, he was easily defeated.
Aurora came back to the school alone; she asked if it was safe for all the girls to return. Lucy told her they must all go back to their families. She couldn’t risk another attack on her precious school. She didn’t want to go home she wanted to stay at the school and continue learning, but she couldn’t, it was awfully dangerous.
She returned home to Scarlett, and she was horrified that she hadn’t finished her schooling, but they were too poor to look, for anywhere else to go.
She missed her father deeply, and now he was in danger, for the priest was still at large. He had faked his death, and after fooling Lucy he went, and found Aurora and her family.
The priest wanted to kill Jack for he was who Aurora loved the most. As long as he lived the priest would never get Aurora back. He aimed to kill him but Aurora killed the priest with one of Jack’s hunting guns on an amazingly, lucky shot to the forehead. Jack survived, but barely, and was taken out of the poor city for a hospital’s care.
She became depressed, but even with the depression, Scarlett saw Aurora’s beauty. She thought Aurora’s beauty wouldn’t last forever, she decided to search for a boy for her to marry.
Jack was recovering at the hospital which took a year, for he was so badly injured he had to have metal legs and learn to walk again.
When Jack came home, Scarlett hardly recognized him with his metal legs but Aurora rushed forward to her father immediately. Jack’s homecoming spoiled her plans to have Aurora married by the next month. She gave up her search for Aurora’s possible husband and let her find her marriage in the right time.
Scarlett’s savings were blown on Aurora’s schooling and Jack’s hospital care; she went to a workhouse to pay for their continued living expenses. Aurora would have gone too except she couldn’t leave Jack home alone.
She toiled in the workhouse for a year. She determinedly gathered up as much money as she could for Jack’s benefit.
Before the year was up, she pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and died. Aurora was devastated. She went to the workhouse, gathered Scarlett’s frail body, took it home, she buried it in the backyard behind the house. She bought a small tombstone with the money Scarlett earned from the workhouse.
Jack was now able to walk again, without stumbling, he started hunting again.
On one particular trip, she met a boy named Devon. He was a skilled hunter, and swordsmen. He was a prince who visited from the rich kingdom beside the poor city. He took them back to his gracious castle, where he promised to help the poor city prosper and grow in food and money.
The city was rebuilt from a state of poverty to a state of the wealthiest with the prince’s farmhands. Aurora was happy with Devon, but Jack was getting old, she helped him pass away gracefully, and she buried him beside Scarlett.
A few years later, Aurora married Devon, and gave birth to a precious, baby girl. She and Devon felt blessed with a new beginning, which shaped the city with kindness, and strength for that vision, the royal child was named Ella.
Book. Charles Perrault. Sleeping Beauty. 1697.
Book. Charles Perrault. Cendrillon. 1697.