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(copied from Erro’s storybook that’s included with the doll)
When Erro opened her eyes, the first thing she saw were the leaves of a great oak tree. Something inside had awoken her. She did not know where she was but she knew she had been here before. Not just once but many times. Erro did not know how long she had been lying under that great oak but she knew she had something to do.
She thought long and hard but could not remember. She stood up and looked down at her dress. “I do not know much but I know this is not the colour it is supposed to be.” Little Apple Red says Erro’s dress was dirty and told the story of how she came to be under that tree. But she did not know it. “Maybe that is what I have to do… Yes, wash this dress.”
She set off in search of a river.
Erro found herself wandering around the wood. Leaves the colour of honey and firecrackers fell all around her.
As Erro wandered something deep inside her knew there was something else she had to do. But she did not know what.
(copied from Circe’s story book that’s included with the doll)
This is Circe. Little Apple Red says there’s lots of stuff about Circe that makes her who she is. Circe’s mom and dad are real important.
Circe’s mom guarded the ocean. She was a nymph.
Circe’s dad ruled the sun. He was a god.
Circe’s mom and dad liked each other a whole lot but couldn’t be together because the spirits of the place above and the place below would not allow it. Little Apple Red says the moment the place above and place below meet chaos is born. But Circe’s mom and dad were drawn to each other and could not hide their feelings. Charles says this is a sure sign that trouble is brewing. Little Apple Red says once upon a time in the beginning, Circe’s mom used to sing to the place above and Circe’s dad would hear her and set the ocean alight and make the light dance on the water to show how much he liked her. Circe’s mom would awaken before sun up just to see Circe’s dad wake the world up. Circe’s dad would rise a little earlier everyday knowing that she was waiting for him.
This made the other spirits of above and below real angry. They were treading a forbidden path. Little Apple Red says everyday Circe’s mom and dad grew closer the place in between above and below would grow out of balance.
(copied from Umbrae’s story book that’s included with the doll)
Little Apple Red says there once lived a shadow demon not so far from the Inbetween Place in a House Without Windows. The demon dwelled in dark and deep corners. He liked to steal the light so he could come out and bathe in the shadows. He could gobble a human man whole if he wanted but candlelight, sun rays and fire sparks were his favourite meals of all. The more light he ate, the stronger he got.
The demon would hide in the tree shade and wait for people walking on the path through The Wood. Little Apple Red says in the daytime the people were like taxis to the demon. He could jump from shadow to shadow and move as he pleased. Each time the demon leaped from shadow to shadow he took a part of that shadow with him.
The House Without Windows was the demon’s favourite place to be. Little Apple Red said it was also a trap. At night when the demon was hungry he would change the road posts to make the people think they were lost. They would light their lanterns and torches walking through the wood, looking for a way home. They would often wander into the House Without Windows looking for food and shelter for the night. The shadow demon would wait silently in the place where the light from the lanterns did not reach… then pounce and eat his visitors and their torches whole. Rubbing his belling he would smile. “Free lunches are as real as the light of day.” He would say.
One evening, the shadow demon was waiting inside the House Without Windows for his next catch. A Little Girl wandered in from the Wood- a little black candle floated beside her. The Little Girl had travelled three days and three nights looking for the House Without Windows. Little Apple Red says she had heard the legend of the great shadow demon and came to destroy him and live where he lived. The little black candle was her life guage.
(copied from Sine’s story book that’s included with the doll)
Little Apple Red says the Little Girl who lived in a house by the orchard used to pick the fallen apples and make believe they could talk.
The Little Girl loved the apples of the orchard and spent all her days there. Sometimes she would write poems about them. Sometimes she played counting games. Sometimes she told the apple stories.
Listening to the Little Girl was Little Apple Red’s favourite thing to do. He wished he could be a fallen apple so the Little Girl would play with him the way she played with the fallen apples. He wanted to fall but he knew if he did, come sun-up he’d be ready for the eatin’. Boy was Little Apple Red confused.
Time went by. The Little Girl did not play outside in the orchard as much. When she did she only stayed for a little while.
She missed the apples. Looking out into the orchard from the house made her heart hurt. She was always tired and spent less time in the orchard…
…until she stopped coming outside at all.
One day Little Apple Red says he saw some men carry a long white box out of the house and through the orchard. He says he saw the men put the box in a hole in the ground and put a big cross on it. He didn’t know why but Little Apple Red felt real sad.