Concrete Wall by Zee Avi
Audition for Modern Bourgeois
Elodia Belén Carlos
From: Barcelona, Spain
Status: Princess of Spain
Elodia is like the sun: look for too long, and she'll burn your eyes out. She's as well-known (as one of Marie's close childhood friends). Despite this, she has plenty of her own accomplishments to brag about. Elodia has an eye for style. She knows what's now, what's then, and what's so next. She loves to mislead people she hates. That's how she gets her revenge - fashion distasters. As a princess, she understands all too well how an outfit can make or break a reputation. She has a quick temper. She's gutsy and honest, even to the point of being rude. To her closest friends, though, she's extremely loyal, but it's hard to earn Elodia's trust. When she was a child, she had a best friend who exploited her for her fame. Devastated, Elodia moped around for a few months before finally meeting Marie. Marie brought Elodia back out of her shell, and Elodia grew into the loud, fiery, blunt (and sometimes obnoxious) beauty she is today. In her spare time, Elodia likes to go out into nature. Unlike many of the other princesses, Elodia isn't material at all. Other than her clothing addiction, she feels like she has too much. She likes to get away from it all.
Model: Alejandra Alonso
--Odile Belle Brideau
--Margaret Anne Elizabeth
--Miu Hitomi Akihito
i) Elodia's older sister, Lavina, was disowned from the Carlos family for adultery. Though Elodia and Lavina were best friends, she was forbidden to ever talk to her again. To this day, Lavina's whereabouts are unknown to Elodia.
ii) Elodia first met Marie while shopping in the handbag department at Barney's when they were both going for the same bag. This Barney's is now Marie and Elodia's meeting place.
iii) Whenever she is anxious, Elodia is known to shop...and even more so than usual. She came home with a whopping twenty-three bags before taking her high school exams.
iv) Elodia is sly and manipulative and isn't afraid to toy with your emotions to get what she desires. Her mood-swings are incredibly drastic so don't be bothered if she loves you one day and then hates you the next. That's just Elodia being Elodia.
v) Elodia knows Princess Margaret more than King Louis so she will be sitting on the bride's side of the banquet hall. The two of them met while attending a polo match in Connecticut. She's in a fight with Sybil right now because she wasn't invited to the marriage court and Elodia was. The two of them currently aren't on speaking terms. The Carlos girls know how to hold grudges.
"Good morning, Miss—oh, excuse me. I mean /Princess/ Elodia" A beak nosed, bookish young woman asks, a tape recorder held so close to her mouth I wouldn't be surprised if it was coated in saliva.
"Good morning" I say, crossing my legs and erecting my back against the chair.
"I must say, I do love those shoes you're wearing" Beak Nose exclaims and I rotate my foot on it's palm. It captures the light perfectly.
"Thanks!" I muse, "I love your..." I scan her outfit. It was repugnant. After a /very/ awkward pause, she clears her throat and plasters on a smile.
"Let's get right to it then! Tell us about your past, where do you come from?"
**I derived from the breathtaking Barcelona, Spain where I now reside with my father, mother and my sister Sybil. I love my family with the whole of my heart and there will always be a place for them. Right alongside designer labels and willow trees that is. Sybil and I get into arguments just like any other siblings do but we'll always be close. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for her.
"How beautiful" Beak Woman replies, "How do you know Marie, or if you don't, what are the circumstances around you being invited to the wedding court?" I chuckle and look at the ground with nostalgia.
**Marie and I go way back. I can still remember that perfect day when we set up a tea party when we were toddlers. We stole my mothers fine china *laughs*. It's difficult /not/ to have a memorable moment with Marie. It is because of her that I am who I am. Marie was there when no one else was in that dark period of my life when I was most vulnerable and taught me that there was more to life than what was in the past. Marie invited me to the wedding court a few months ago when she and her family visited Spain for a few days. I was so ecstatic, how was I to decline?
"Can you tell us a few personal strengths and weaknesses?" Beak Woman was now scribbling into her notepad like a maniac.
**Well, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Even if you have the title "Princess" slapped in front of your name. Nobody's perfect. I'd have to say my biggest strength is my fashion sense. I that what you mean? Because it definitely is, hands down. There is nothing I love more than adorning myself in semi precious gemstones and slipping into beautiful frocks. It's so serene. But my biggest weakness...I'm not good with boundaries. I sometimes say the most hurtful things without even meaning to. Well...maybe I mean them a little... But you get what I'm saying, right?
"Oh course I do, Princess. What are you most looking forward to about moving to Versailles and taking part in court?" She asks. I tap my lower lip and zone out in thought.
**That's a tough one. I'll start off with this: Versailles is beautiful. My family and I vacationed here for a month so I'm good with their 'native tongue'. But mostly, I'm a sucker for weddings. The bouquets, outfits! But most of all, when the groom first catches his glimpse of his wife to be... *sighs* it's the most beautiful thing in the world. Priceless.
"So I see you are a hopeless romantic, Princess Elodia?" She asks. I stop abruptly.
"Oh, definitely not! Please scratch that part out", I demand. She sighs and scribbles it out.
"So, Princess...What is one thing the world should know about you?". A smile plays on my face as I look anther square in the eyes.
**That people shouldn't underestimate me. I'm not all just heels and dresses. Just parties and fashion. Beneath these eyes lies a cunning woman, just like all of these other girls in the wedding court. So don't count me out just yet. I have a few tricks up my sleeve...
And without a goodbye, I get up and leave the room, slamming the door behind me.
i) I chose this character because (cue the cliché!) I love that she's a fashion nut. I've played similar roles like her, who give people terrible outfits as revenge and who are ignorant to other people's feelings. I love how she's not afraid to tell everyone the full story (even is she made up rumours along the way). Her backstory about Marie rescuing her from oblivion gives her such a rich background and I feel I could do so much with it. I love Elodia so much I can't even put it into words.
ii) Honestly, I will be making at least 3-4 sets a week if I get Elodia. I'm just that pumped. I'm on at least twice a day and make on average one set per day so I believe I will be MORE than active.
iii) Because I specialize in imagery when I story tell. Meaning I love painting pictures with words. Not to mention that I feel like I connect with Elodia on a whole new level. She just so...fresh. I love it. I have an amazing story planned with the disowning of Lavina (don't want to give too much away!) and Elodia's character has so many angles to write about.
I really hope you take me into consideration for Elodia Carlos. She's brilliant. Thank you!