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Team: Classics

Challenge 10: The Final

Fan Fiction

Challenge 9 (http://www.polyvore.com/classics_count_monte_cristo_mademoiselle/set?id=96905143&lid=2628505)

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The Belle of the Ball

It was one of the sleepless nights in Paris when the elite of the aristocrat French community was gathered at the biggest ball of the year. The Count’s reputation has travelled through gossip since his first appearance in France, talking about the lavish mansion he bought in his first day of arrival at the Champs-Elysées. Each person of the elite longed to meet the extravagant mysterious Count whom they surprisingly never heard of before, including the belle, Mademoiselle Clémence LeBlanc.

Monsieur Jérôme LeBlanc spent all his life building up a massive fortune, but unfortunately, like any man in his mid-life crises, he addicted gambling, and lost half of his money in a very short period of time, jeopardizing the affluent life he had provided for his family for years, especially his only daughter, Clémence, whom was a spoiled rich beauty. The only idea which captivated Clémence’s mind was how to redeem her position and escape the shameful bankruptcy she predicted for her father before it’s too late, and who is better than the so-called Count of Monte Cristo to serve her intentions?

Clémence managed to get an invitation to the ball, as the community was indulged in the famous Count’s dramatic arrival, and therefore their attention wasn’t focused on her father’s bad luck in casinos and lost bets. She was dressed in a beautiful black gown, as black symbolized power to her, and she wasn’t ready to give up yet and live an ordinary life among the poor class. She wanted to look confident and powerful despite her overwhelming beauty, and she succeeded. All eyes were directly spotted on the Count as he entered the hall gracefully and full of glory like a king in his black velvet suit. It seems black was a mutual factor between the lady and the gentleman, as they chose to wear this color for the very same reason.

It is hard for Clémence not to steal the attention of the attendance, men admiring her beauty and women envying her. She was the most beautiful woman there, the Belle of the Ball. The Count was drawn to her charming presence as well. 

When the music started, he approached directly to her and asked, “May I have this dance, Mademoiselle?” 
“I’d love to.” She said drawing one of her fake innocent smiles. 
He escorted her to the dance floor and whispered in her ear “Good, because I don’t take ‘No’ as an answer.” 

As they were dancing, she was feeling his extraordinary power and pride. It doesn’t matter if he is too proud. The most important thing for her is becoming the Countess, the wife of the richest man in the region. She revised the idea of hunting him in her head. It was too good to be true! HE asked her to dance. She didn’t even try one of her manipulative men-catching attitudes. He easily fell in her web, or so she thought. She had no idea who the Count really was, and that it’s impossible to fall for a woman after Mercédès. Edmond Dantés wanted nothing but a beautiful Mistress in his mansion, and a Mistress she shall be.

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Word count: 525

In case you are wondering, this is for @gingerpopppy's group Battle of the Book Genres.. (http://www.polyvore.com/battle_book_genres/group.show?id=162333).

C L A S S I C S 

-- @mist-on-the-meadow PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie
-- @indie-luver THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-- @vivus THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis
-- @sophie-eloise PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
-- @pinkpoprox ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
-- @fashionqueen76 ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery
-- @ealkhaldi THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas
-- @jasminerb THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey
-- @callmecharlie FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
-- @maritinaki JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
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