We followed after him, and boy were we surprised. The view was just gorgeous, and it had a beautiful sunset.
"That is so beautiful," I said, "I bet even the greatest wizards got a view as great as this. I could stay up here forever."
"Me too," Panchito, Jose, and Esmeralda said together.
"You could you know," Quasimodo said.
"We couldn't." Jose and I said sadly, turning away, and sitting down on top of the cathedral tower roof. "We have sanctuary, but not freedom."
"How could a man as cruel as Frollo raise someone like you?" Jose asked Quasimodo.
"And handle wearing black dresses?" I added underneath my breath.
"Cruel? Oh no," Quasimodo replied, "he took me in when no one wanted me." He then sat down with us along with Panchito, Djali, and Esmeralda, and added, "I'm a monster, you know."
"Hmm, give me your hand. I'd like to see it, please." Esmeralda said as she took Quasimodo's hand. I didn't know what she was up to until I heard her say, "A long lifeline." She's reading his palm, I concluded in my mind.
"I don't see any."
"Any what?" Quasimodo and I both asked.
"Monster lines," Esmeralda said. "Now look at us," she added, turning to Quasimodo, "Are we evil?"
"No!!" Quasimodo said, "You're all very kind, and good, and--"
"And...........gypsies." I said, almost giving away our secret, "Perhaps Frollo's wrong about all of us."
Just then, I heard Hugo say from afar, "What are they saying?" and then Laverne say, "Frollo's nose is long, and he wears a truss." I shook my head, laughing a bit to myself.
Quasimodo turned to us and said, "You helped me, now I will help you."
"And so will I," said a voice. We turned around, and a young girl who looked like she was about my age appeared in front of us. She had hair, the color of the most beautiful sunset that we just saw, and her eyes were silver like the moon. The outfit that she wore was a dark blue dress.
"Pleased to make your acquaintance," she said as she bowed to us respectfully, "My name is Vanity. I can help your friend Sora here get some valuable information. I'm also sorry if I startled you."
"But how will we get out? Soldiers and Heartless are stationed at every door," Esmeralda said to her.
Quasimodo turned to her with a smile and said, "We won't use the door. We'll climb down."
"Come on, Djali," Esmeralda said to Djali, and the goat jumped into her arms. She then tied a piece of cloth around his eyes. Quasimodo asked if she was ready, and she confirmed it. After scooping Esmeralda up, the two of them climbed down.
"Watch out for Heartless," I called out to them as they climbed down.
Some time later, Vanity and I climbed down. There were Esmeralda, Djali, and Quasimodo waiting for us.
Esmeralda turned to us and said, "If you ever need sanctuary, this will show you the way." and she gave us a necklace. "When you wear this woven band, you hold the city in your hands." I hid the necklace in my pocket. Djali bleated a warning, and then he and Esmeralda disappeared.
"See you later, Quasimodo," I said, and then Vanity and I left. The last thing I saw as I ran off with Vanity towards the Palace of Justice was Quasimodo climbing back up.
Quasimodo returned back up to the top of the bell tower to find Panchito, Jose, Hugo, Victor, and Laverne waiting for him. Victor and Hugo were cheering for him, and Hugo shouted out loud, but not loud enough for the others to hear, "Way to go, lover boy!!!!"
"I don't think I'm her type," Quasimodo said, as he sat down at his work table.
As he worked on wooden figures of Esmeralda, Sora, Panchito, and Jose, he sang, "So many times out there, I've watched a happy pair of lovers walking in the night. They had a kind of glow around them, it almost looked like Heaven's Light. I knew I'd never know that warm and loving glow, though I might wish with all my might. No face as hideous as my face was ever meant for Heaven's Light. But suddenly an angel has smiled at me, and kissed my cheek without a trace of fright. I dare to dream that she might even care for me, and as I ring these bells tonight...."
He finished them, and climbed up the stairs, and started to ring the bells after he sang, ".....my cold dark tower seems so bright. I swear it must be Heaven's Light."
Vanity and I positioned ourselves near the window of Frollo's room, preparing to eavesdrop on what he was up to.
I heard whispered voices sing, "Confiteor Deo omnipotenti. Beatae Mariae semper Virgini. Beato Michaeli Archangelo, sanctis Apostolis omnibus sanctis."
It was then that the two of us heard Frollo from inside his room sing, "Beatae Maria, you know I am a righteous man. Of my virtue I am justly proud. Beatae Maria, you know I'm so much purer than the common vulgar weak licentious crowd."
We peeked in to see him standing in front of a fireplace, singing as he was going a little loopy if you ask me, "Then tell me Maria, why I see her dancing there, why her smoldering eyes still scorch my soul. I feel her, I see her, the sun caught in her raven hair is blazing in me out of all control. Like fire, Hellfire, this fire in my skin. This burning desire is turning me to sin."
Instantly, red ghosts appeared around him singing, "Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa." as Frollo sang, "It's not my fault, I'm not to blame. It is the gypsy girl, the witch who set this flame. It's not my fault, if in God's plan. He made the devil so much stronger than a man." The ghosts disappeared into the fireplace.
"Protect me Maria. Don't let this siren cast her spell, don't let her fires sear my flesh and bone. Destroy Esmeralda, and let her taste the fires of hell, or else let her be mine and mine alone."
Shocked, I gasped. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. Frollo instantly turned around to a silhouetted figure of a man.
"Minister Frollo, the gypsy has escaped." the silhouette said, with a distinct British/Brazilian accent.
"What?" Frollo asked him.
"She's nowhere in the cathedral, she's gone."
"But how? I....Never mind. Get out, vampire." he said to the silhouette.
The silhouette smiled devilishly, fangs suddenly exposed, and left as he chuckled to himself.
Frollo turned back to the fire and muttered, "I'll find her. I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris."
And then he sang, "Hellfire, dark fire, now gypsy it's your turn. Choose me or your pyre. Be mine or you will burn."
I turned to Vanity, and we quickly got the hell out of here.
Just as we headed towards the cathedral, I heard the last bit of the song from far away, "God have mercy on her. God have mercy on me. ........But she will be mine or she will burn."
I climbed back up to find Panchito and Jose waiting for me, and I also found out that Vanity had disappeared.
"What's the matter?" Jose asked as he touched my face, "You look as pale as a ghost."
"Frollo has lust for Esmeralda, and it doesn't sound good from what Vanity and I had heard," I said, and then I made a face to tell them how grossed out about it I was.
Vanity smiled as Sora, Panchito, and Jose laughed together after Sora made her face.
Her deed done, she turned to the moon and said, "All right, Armand. It's your turn to help her soon."