♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue

{Prologue} Reina Yamaguchi’s


What was it about colours and circles that frightened her?  Often, her raucous subconscious evoked fearfully nebulous images on its own accord – rainbow-splattered unicorns and seemingly decent men in navy blue suits. Sometimes these images bled into one another, other times they merged into torrents of a gazillion artificial candyfloss colours that spun out of control.

Psychedelic swirls of colours ricocheted through her head; they haunted her dreams, and taunted her waking hours. She wished she could turn off her mind with a power switch.

She was 6. The arms that had caught her then were strong, muscular, enveloping as they wrapped round her waist like fiercely protective vines. Smiling in expectation of her mother or brother’s comforting features, she turned her head, only to come face to face with a menacing grin.

She hadn’t known fear, thus she couldn’t cry. She hadn’t known this was danger in disguise. Her gleeful smile lingered, as did her trace of innocence. Her lithe little body knew neither danger nor pain; she was physically, emotionally unguarded.

Naivety was only to be carried away like an object of trade while those who were supposed to be there for her watched from a safe distance, bidding their guiltless goodbyes.


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Scarlet Carousel
Searching for the centre of the universe, the centrifugal force that holds everything together.
Each spinning out of control, yet inevitably riveted.
Is this a journey with an end, or does the weight of the world settle in places where the spinning never stops.
Where then will the spiral lead them?

To be continued…

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Viktoria Jean

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