Chapter 2: Meeting Quasimodo/Out There
I was walking back inside, and then all of a sudden, I heard a scream and saw something hit the ground hard. I stopped and looked closer. As I looked closer, I saw that it was a girl. I nervously watched her as she attempted to stand up, but immediately fell back down on her face. I then walked closer to her while she was moaning and trying to keep her eyes open. I got closer and when I finally stood above her, she looked at me for a second and weakly said,
"P-Please...help me." and she passed out. I knelt down and I looked at her closely.
She looked young, as if she were in her teenage years. And she was wearing a green and blue dress that almost looked like something a gypsy woman would wear. I felt to see if she still had a pulse, and luckily, she did. Then I gently turned her over on her back and brushed back her brown hair to see if she had any injuries to her head. I looked at her face and I saw she had a huge bump on her forehead. I said to myself,
"Oh no, she must've hit her head when she fell."
Then I saw my gargoyle friends come in, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne.
Hugo asked, "Hey Quasi, what's going on?"
Victor added, "Yeah, you seemed a little bit down."
Then Laverne gasped as she saw the girl and said, "Oh my gosh, what happened?"
Hugo added, "Yeah, she looks completely out of it!"
I explained, "I saw her hit the ground hard and she passed out. It looks like she fell from the rafters and hit her head while doing it."
Then I showed them the bump on her forehead.
They all gasped and Victor said, "Oh, my word."
Hugo added, "Uh, that's not good."
Then I thought about what to do with her. I couldn't leave her here, she needed help. I knew my master would probably be coming and I didn't want him to catch her and I thought her head injury was serious.
I then finally said, "Get me a cloth and some water."
The gargoyles nodded and they rushed off to go get them while I picked up the girl and brought her to my bed. I gently laid her on it as Laverne came with a cloth and Victor and Hugo came while carrying a bowl of water. I took the cloth while Victor and Hugo set the bowl down on a small wooden table.
Then I dipped the cloth into the cool water, and I started dabbing it on the girl's head bump. I tried to dab the bump as gently as I could so I wouldn't hurt her, but did it enough to make sure the bump would go down. Then I saw that the bump was starting to go down, but the girl was starting to wake up. Afraid of how she would react if she saw my face, I quickly set the cloth down and I climbed up into the rafters as she woke up.
I started to wake up, but my head was hurting. I groaned as I sat up, rubbed my head, and looked at my surroundings. I was on a bed all of a sudden and I was surrounded by knit knacks. Then a sharp pain hit my head and groaned as I rubbed it again.
Then I asked, "Oh, what happened, where am I?"
I heard a soft and gentle voice say, "You're in the bell tower of Notre Dame."
I knew who the voice belonged to, but I still had the urge to ask "Wh-who said that?"
He responded, "I-I did, I'm the bell ringer of Notre Dame. M-my name is Quasimodo."
My heart literally fluttered like a butterfly when he told me that. I couldn't believe I was actually talking to my Disney crush, I was just so happy.
Then he asked, "Are you alright? You had a really hard fall and a big bump on your head."
I replied, "My head still hurts, but I'm fine."
Then I asked as I was looking around for him, "Um, where are you?"
He responded, "I'm up in the rafters, I-I thought I should be up here so you wouldn't have to look at me, I'm really hideous."
I said, "I wouldn't be bothered by your appearance."
He asked, "Are you sure, I-I wouldn't want to scare you."
I responded, "I'm positive, come on down here and I'll prove it to you."
Then Quasimodo took a deep breath and asked, "Promise me you won't scream?"
I replied, "I promise."
Then he said, "A-alright, I coming down now."
Then he started climbing down the rafters to meet me. Then once he got down, he came out of the shadows and walked up to me face to face as he had a worried expression on his face.
My heart lit up when I saw him standing next to me and I smiled at him.
Then shocked, Quasi asked me, "You're not scared of me?"
I shook my head still smiling. Then he said,
"But how is that possible, I-I'm a monster, my master said I was."
I replied, "I don't believe that, if you were really a monster, you wouldn't have helped me recover from my head bump, you would've probably tried to kill me, but you didn't because you were too kind and caring to do that."
Then he asked, "Do you really think so?"
I replied, "I know it."
He smiled in response. Then he asked, "What's your name?"
I replied shyly, "Natalie."
Then he said, "Natalie, that's Latin for 'Christmas child', it's really pretty."
I blushed in response and said, "Thank you."
As we were about to continue on with our conversation, I heard someone with an old gruff voice,
"Quasimodo, where are you dear boy?"
Then Quasi said with worry, "Master."
Then he looked back at me and said, "Stay here, okay, I'll be right back."
I nodded in response and with that, he took off after Frollo.
Then Frollo asked, "Who are you talking to, Quasimodo?"
Quasimodo replied, "No one master, just the bells."
Then he replied, "I see, well lunch."
Then Frollo set his basket down and sat down as Quasimodo went off and came back to set the table.
Then he asked, "Now shall we review your alphabet today Quasimodo?"
Quasi replied, "Oh yes master, I would like that very much."
Frollo said, "Very well, A?"
He answered, "Abomination."
They continued with the alphabet as I kept rolling my eyes. then Frollo said "Very good, F?"
Quasi answered, "Festival."
Then Frollo did a spit tank and I snickered in response. Then he asked "what did you say?"
Quasi tried to say, "F-forgiveness."
But Frollo said with a glare, "You said, festival."
Then Quasi shouted "No!"
But Frollo said, "You were thinking about going to the festival."
Then Quasi said, "It's just that, you go every year."
Then Frollo hissed, "I am a public official, I must go, But I don't enjoy a moment! Thieves and hustlers and dregs of humankind all mixed together in a drunken stupor."
I said silently, "Yeah, nice lie you big jerkoff!"
The Quasi said, "I-I didn't mean to upset you master."
In my head I said, "Don't apologize, He's a jerkoff!"
Then Frollo asked, "Oh Quasimodo, can't you understand, when your heartless mother abandoned you as a child, anyone else would've drowned you, and this is my thanks for taking you in and raising you as my son?"
Then I whisper angrily "Thank you? Thank you?! Are you kidding me? You're so lucky that I can't punch you right now."
Than Quasi said, "I'm sorry sir."
Then Frollo coldly said, "Oh my dear Quasimodo, you don't know what it's out there, I do I do."
Then he started singing in a way that was degrading Quasimodo and I kept rebelling against his words. I so badly wanted to tell him who the real monster was, but I knew now wasn't the right time.
Then Quasimodo said "You are good to me master, I'm sorry."
Frollo replied, "You are forgiven, but remember Quasimodo, this is your sanctuary."
Once he left, I snapped, "What a blockhead, I can't believe he treats you that way!"
Then Quasimodo replied, "My sanctuary."
I asked "Huh?"
Then I realized he was going to sing one of my favorite Disney songs ever! He sang as we looked out over the balcony.
Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone
Gazing at the people down below me
All my life, I watch them as I hide up here alone
Hungry for the histories they show meHe then sang as he picked up one of the figurines off of the floor and looked at the model of Paris. And he sang as he placed the figurine of himself down into the center of the model, took my hand and ran towards the balcony, showing me the view of the town square.
All my life, I memorize their faces
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life, I wonder how it feels to pass a day
Not above them
But part of them
He sang as he picked me up, slid down the pillar, set me down and hugged two of the gargoyles. He also sang as he swung from the side of the pillars and walked with me to the other side of the balcony.
And out there, living in the sun
Give me one day out there, all I ask is one
To hold forever
Out there, where they all live unaware
What I'd give
What I'd dare
Just to live one day out there
He then sang as he stood on the railing and showed me the townspeople walking by and what they did.
Out there among the millers and the weavers and their wives
Through the roofs and gables I can see them
Everyday they shout and scold and go about their lives
Heedless of the gift it is to be themHe sang as he jumped from the railing and slid down on a spout leading towards a gargoyle at the end.
If I was in their skin
I'd treasure every instant
He sang as he walked over to the edge of the spout and splashed water into his face. He also sang as he climbed up to the top of Notre Dame, getting a better look at the city.
Out there, strolling by the Seine
Taste a morning out there, like ordinary men
Who freely walk about there
Just one day and then, I swear
I'll be content
With my share
He then finally sang as he climbed down onto the roof, ran to another side of the balcony in which I followed, and stood onto the railing as I watched him.
Old and bent
I won't care
I'll have spent one day out there!
As he was finishing his song, I started to feel more hopeful and happy. Once he finished, he looked at me and said with confidence,
"Today's the day Natalie, I'm going to the festival!"