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By Gwenda Bond

A ballerina, twirling on a cord excessive above the gang. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling in the course of the air. Welcome to the Cirque American!

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to stick with in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. whilst her relatives is on the market a prestigious function within the new Cirque American, it appears Jules and the superb Maronis will ultimately get the highlight they deserve. however the presence of the Flying Garcias may perhaps derail her plans. for many years, the 2 rival households have kept away from one another as sworn enemies.

Jules ignores the drama and makes a speciality of the twine, skyrocketing to status because the woman in a purple tutu who dances around the cord at death-defying heights. but if she discovers a peacock feather—an notorious item of undesirable luck—planted on her dress, Jules approximately loses her footing. She has no selection yet to hunt support from the unlikeliest of individuals: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia extended family matriarch and the simplest trapeze artist within the Cirque.

As extra mysterious talismans believed to own unfortunate magic look, Jules and Remy unite to discover the perpetrator. And in the event that they don’t determine what’s happening quickly, Jules could be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.

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A harsher tone was once had to suggested him to reply, so I used one. “Dad? you are going to? ” “Of path, yes. ” He didn’t even examine me. If he had, he’d have recognized i used to be as much as anything. fortunately, simply then Thurston swooped into the guts ring. He got rid of his most sensible hat and swept it in entrance of him, favoring the harsh crowd of professional performers and paintings workforce with a bow. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he started, sooner than pausing to permit practiced chagrin scouse borrow throughout his face. “Never brain. I’ll store the spiel for practice session. ” The crowd laughed, and some humans cheered. “As you recognize, we go away the following day for our first dates. Jacksonville doesn’t be aware of what’s expecting them—well, they recognize we’re coming, yet there’s no approach they be aware of what to anticipate. We’re going again to a time whilst issues have been performed correct. We’re going to reintroduce this state to the respect and glamour of the real circus. In an international the place every little thing is faked, staged for the cameras, we’re going to teach them anything undeniably actual. ” He paused to allow it sink in. to ensure every body was once with him sooner than he requested, “Right? ” Thurston used to be a born showman. regardless of that, there have been a couple of frightened smiles combined with the applause that got here in reaction. Hoping was once risky. Hoping may well harm. all of us sought after it to, and plenty of wanted it to, however the Cirque would possibly not make a move of it. Thurston had by no means run a circus earlier than, and for all we knew, this was once a whim. He carried on, “So . . . we want a last operating order, don’t we? And we have to make a decision who's going to shut out each one night’s functionality. I don’t need to kingdom the most obvious: this comes all the way down to our new solo cord acts, from generations of Maronis, and the Flying Garcias. we could commence? ” The performers shouted wholehearted approval to the contest. Thurston mused, “Who shall cross first? ” Someone shouted, “The Garcias! ” This touched off one other around of clapping and some shouts geared toward the attractive blonde twins, who have been the one nonrelatives within the act. the 3 Garcias and the dual flyers straightened to soak up the eye like cats preening within the solar. Remy and Novio wore tight black bodysuits with a number of pink info, and the women have been in red and pink that confirmed lots of pores and skin. Dita’s quantity was once a scanty sequined factor with glossy purple and purple plant life and some strategically put flesh-colored cutouts. I slightly famous her. yet whether the dress wasn’t one i'll photograph her picking, after seeing her within the go well with, I needed to admit that she—and the others—looked nice. No cheesy Eurotrash determine skating–style costumes in sight. Remy stuck my appraising glance, and our gazes stuck and held. We have been tough one another back. I smiled at him, and he seemed away. First. Ha. I win this around. I grew to become again towards Thurston and his adoring viewers of staff. If i used to be going to do that, I needed to do it. ahead of he may possibly supply first dibs to the Flying Garcias, I progressed, and referred to as, “I’d prefer to be first. ” The applause died, yet whether they desired to, not anyone had the heart to boo.

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