He was an orphan for as long as he remembered. Never once having known what a loving and kind relationship felt like, he came from a small town who ostracized him for his strange metallic skin. He couldn't remember ever being normal; this shining and sharp exterior was all he knew. Having no one left, at the ripe age of 18 he was framed for a crime which left him unable to defend himself. The boy was exiled to Midnight Forest, finally out of the hair of the spiteful villagers.
The witch of the forest had enchanted these woods. Never to see another sun-lit bright day, the forest was nicknamed Midnight Forest, and never once let anyone escape it's grasp. The forest sat at the foot of the land's tallest mountain, from which it's snowy tops were fabled to house a kingdom of pure beauty and richness. But he would never see it, and never see day light again, and the boy was left to wander in the darkness.
She was the princess of the most vain kingdom known to the land. Her small city sat nestled in the icy clutches of the tallest mountain, sitting perched in a valley of pure white snow. The inhabitants-- people folk and animals alike, had all been separated from the rest of the world, thinking themselves greater and of higher quality with their pure white fair skin and pink-tinted features. The color white meant superiority, pureness, value. They decorated their city and it's people in fine jewels and golds. It was truly a kingdom of pure hubris and vanity.
The princess was the youngest daughter of a royal family with 10 brothers and sisters. She longed to see the world beyond her snowy city, wondering what it meant to be surrounded by green grass at your feet that stretched until the horizon. She had an Achilles heel though. Although on the outside she looked sweet and charming, she was filled from head to toe of pure and heavy superiority complex. She was the youngest and the most beautiful in her family, the richest among her friends and servants and the most famous lady of the land.
At the age of 18, she snuck out of the frosty glass walls of her castle and explored the brook of her land, finally coming to a long descent leading down the mountain. The way was steep, and she tripped, falling straight down. Waking up in a pure darkness she had never encountered before, she looked around and for the first time in her life was scared and lost.
He found her, sitting on the ground. She was the most beautiful person he had ever seen, and was the only thing in the forest bright enough to reflect off the moon's shining white rays. A stark white amidst a stretching and unyielding black. She stuck out like a sore thumb, and he couldn't look away. She saw him then, and was stunned into silence. Was this a trick? From far away, all she saw was a bright shining light, and upon closer investigation she realized..it was her reflection. But it was a moving, breathing, living..mirror? No, it was a boy.
Oh, what a beautiful thing, a being that only reflected back her own image in his metallic face-- what joy! She could enjoy her own beauty with every glance. She would befriend him, this strange boy, and stay with him for her duration in the forest. Unbeknownst to her true meanings, he was for the first time in his life shown a kindness that was meant for him. She showed him what it meant to care for another person besides yourself.
But it wasn't until later that he realized that she was the last person who could teach him about caring for another person. Her own reflection was more important to her than him. She was vain, narcissistic and short sighted. But she couldn't let go of him. He left her at the brink of the forest, allowing her to escape the forest's enchantment of imprisonment. Forbidding her to come back, he told her to climb back up her mountain of beauty and stay there.
For the first time in her life, she was rejected. Not knowing what to do, she made her way back to her kingdom. Her servants, friends, and family kissed the floor she walked on at her arrival, and she was put back on to her high seated pedestal. But that boy would never leave her mind. What exactly had she done to deserve his rude behavior? No one had pushed her away like that before. She wanted to forget, but she couldn't.
And unbeknownst to her, neither could he. He had finally received a positive feeling, and kindled a caring relationship. But he pushed the one person who finally showed him attention away, and sent her up a mountain and away from him. The boy wanted to chase after her, but the forest wouldn't allow it.
This is the story of Chromeo and Jeweliet. tl;dr
God, i'm cray. I decided to illustrate the epic tale of Chromeo and Jeweliet, star crossed lovers fabricated from my crazy romance-novel obsessed mind.
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