She had been young, wanting a life other than the one her parents were trying to give her. He was suave and seductive. A true gentleman in her eyes if there ever was one. Three days and countless proposals later they were getting married and she was learning how to become a star for the Benzini Brother's.
It wasn't until she fell off a horse during a routine in her first act that she learned that the word gentlemen would never truly describe August at all. She hid in the Menagerie tent long after the show was over and she only went back to their car after Earl retrieved her.
No amount of make-up would hide the bruises on her face.