The next morning I woke to a wonderful sight out side my window. The circus was in town. My head was spinning with excitement. I had never been to a circus before and now one was here for a whole week at court. I couldn't wait to be dressed and have breakfast so then I could go an explore.

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It wasn't until midday that I was aloud to go an explore the circus grounds and even then I wasn't aloud to go alone. Lady Kat and Lady Izzy (Isabella) followed me around the grounds but while they were talking to the ring master I slipped away from them. I skipped around the circus looking at all the different things. The horses were my favorite thing to look at. They were all different colors but they all had the same beautiful look about them. One of them came up to me and nudged my hand.

"Hello" I said as I patted it's head. It seemed to like it cause it pushed into my hand more.

"Hey, what are you doing?" asked a male voice. I turned around to see a boy that looked to be about 12 years old. He had light brown hair that was long but it was tided at the nape of his neck. He looked well off but still a bit dirty from working.

"Nothing" I replied "I was just patting the horse." I looked down at my shoes as if I had been scowled by my father or nurse maid.

"Oh" he said "That's okay. That's Sparky your patting and the other 3 are Thunder, Lightning and Blackly." He walked over to me and hand me a carrot to give to Sparky. I smiled at him before turning back to Sparky to give him the carrot. "What's your name?" he asked as he patted Thunder.

"Elizabeth" I said shyly "Elizabeth Tudor."

"Your the Kings daughter?" he asked in shock.

"Yes" I replied "What about you? What's your name?"

"Phillip" he said puffing out his chest a little "Phillip Orlando. My parents are dead but the ring master is my mum's brother, so my uncle. He's been looking after me since I was 6 years old."

"What's it like?" I asked.

"What's What like?" he replied with a confused look on his face.

"Working in a circus" I replied as he lead me to a seat. I looked out over the Circus. Everyone was bustling about doing different things. There were clowns juggling swords and tight rope walkers practicing on low ropes. Everyone had a place. Everyone seemed happy and content. I sat and watched and wished that my life was like theirs. That I was free to do what ever I wanted. To have friends that were spying on me for their parents. I wanted to feel wanted by someone.

"It's magical" Phillip said finally "It's like have to never grow up, always joking around, always on a new adventure cause we move around a lot. Like after we finish our show here were going to be taking a boat over to France. I probably want come back to England for a year or two." We sat in silence just watching the world go by. "Will I see you again during the week?" asked Phillip.

"I hope so" I replied with a hugh grin.

"BESS" I heard someone yell. Oh no I was going to be in so much trouble.

"Have to go" I said in a hast. I started to run towards where I heard someone class my name when I heard Phillip call out to me.

"Come and see me tomorrow Elizabeth" he said "I'll meet you here again."

"I'll be waiting" I replied with a grin before running off to find Lady Kat and Lady Izzy.

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"You shouldn't run off like that Bess" scowled Lady Kat "You could of got hurt and then what would of the King done to me or Lady Isabella. You should always have someone with you while your walking about."

"I'm so sorry, Kat" I said with my head bowed in shame "I was just so excited that I simple just forgot." Kat just smiled at me and grabbed me into her arms and hugged me to her chest.

"I forgive you Little Bess" she said before she gave me a kiss on the head "Now you had better go to bed now because you'll be staying up late tomorrow night at the feast." I nodded my head in agreement. Kat undid my bodice and I got into a clean night gown before getting under the covers of my bed. I welcomed darkness as an old friend, I drifted into a peaceful slumber.

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A/N: Second chapter of Hidden Within. Wrote this chapter today (July 4th). Hope you liked this chapter and any reviews or ideas are most welcome.

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