Seeing Red

Gransys. A city of beauty, strict laws and dark secrets. Here anyone with hair of fire (as the people call it) is evil. Here red hair is an abomination. So how can one young girl survive here?

Living alone in the cathedral belltower away from the outside world. How can she be accepted? How can she finally belong?


13. Afterword

This is not part of the story so you don't have to read this. But I hope the majority of you do.

You may be wondering what happened after the ending. Since I haven't written it in the story I have decided to add an explanation here.

After Ezra was executed the crowd went in uproar and started to riot. The guards could do nothing to stop the vast numbers. Aldawin broke free of the guards holding him, stole one of their swords, then charged at Cleeves who tried to escape. Cleeves disappeared after that but we can assume Aldawin killed him. When the riot eventually died down, Aldawin took Ezra's body down from the gallows where she hung. It is unknown what happened. He may have kept her body. He may have buried it in secret. I can safely say he was never the same again.

Aldawin was offered Cleeves' former position but I don't think he took it. What he did do was order the oppressed to be released. For a few days the city went into chaos before gradually returning to order.

Years later, Aldawin visits the graveyard where Ezra is supposedly buried. He opens her grave and lies beside her, refusing to leave her side. Eventually he dies. Unknown whether it is of starvation or a broken heart.

Eventually their skeletons are found together but can't be separated. When the gravediggers try the bones crumble to dust.


Overall, I hope you enjoyed reading Seeing Red. The photo is not of me but I was inspired to write it because, as a young child, I was bullied for many years for having red hair. The story is an exaggeration but shows how it can feel to be different. Ezra's death shows that some (victims of bullying) can commit suicide from hopelessness. This story was inspired by the hunchback of notre dame mainly so you will notice references to both the book and different movie versions throughout. I have also added one or two references to noughts and crosses by malorie blackman (something I would highly encourage you to read).

All the names I chose for the characters are genuine names. Apart from Cleeves, I chose them for their symbolism and meaning (e.g. Ezra meaning demon which is what she is referred to as for having red hair). Blaze, the name of the phoenix, was chosen because it can be associated with fire. As the phoenix is sometimes called the fire bird I thought this name fitted well and was more original than names such as Flame.

The aim of the story is to encourage acceptance. Not just for those with red hair but any differences regardless of skin colour, hair colour, race, religion, physical apparearence, mental stability. We are all different and all deserve acceptance and respect.
If we can learn to accept everyone for the person underneath then maybe the world would be a better place. There would be less victims like Ezra. If you have ever experience bullying or discrimination don't be downhearted. Just remember you are not alone.

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