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This is adorable and i’m mad i’ve never seen it.

Dear Zoey, or Caitlin, or Angela. To my little girl. Your dad just asked if this was a love letter. I guess it kind of is. I never got to know my mother. I have no idea what she must have felt when she carried me, so I thought I’d write to you so that you could know how happy I am at this very moment, how much your father and I can’t wait to meet you. And I want to make you a promise, three thigns that you will have that I never did. A safe home, someone to tell you that they love you every single day, and someone to fight for you no matter what. In other words, a family. So there you go, Baby Girl. The rest we’re gonna have to figure out together. I love you. Your mom.
—  Hayley Marshall-Kenner, The Originals 01x22
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On 23 July, 1991, a cooler was found beside the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City. To the horror of the finder, when they opened the cooler they discovered the decomposed body of a young girl inside. An autopsy showed that the little girl had been asphyxiated, raped and sodomized. The case went cold for twenty years and the unidentified girl was known as “Baby Hope”. Finally, in 2013, the case was reopened as information came in which led authorities to a woman by the name of Margarita Castillo, who stated that her 4-year-old daughter, Anjelica, had gone missing in 1991. She reported that Anjelica’s father had ran off with the child and she never reported her missing. DNA samples from Baby Hope and Magarita proved that the baby found inside the cooler was Anjelica. The investigation led to 52-year-old Conrado Juarez, Margarita’s cousin, who confessed to torturing, raping, and sodomizing the girl before smothering her. He also admitted to tying Anjelica to a table and starving her. After a long 22 years, Baby Hope was finally laid to rest under her real identity, Anjelica Castillo.

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Here we are. I wrote this play because I couldn’t think of a decent way to show all the history that led up to this lie. And I hope, more than anything, that you will - in the spirit of Valentine’s Day - please forgive me.

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“Once upon a time, there was a majestic king. He was blessed with a beautiful baby daughter for whom he wished only peace. Still, the king had demons who pursued him. There was a ruthless beast who wanted to take the kingdom for her own. Armed with a pack of untamed creatures, she drove all the other magical beings from the land. And there was a wicked sorcerous with enchanted stones that weakened the king every full moon. Seeing the shadows his enemies caused upon his home, the king was driven to send his beloved princess away, convincing all that remain that she was forever lost.”

Baby Hope’s Fairytale Characters

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Once upon a time, there was a majestic king. He was blessed with a beautiful baby daughter for whom he wished only peace. Still, the king had demons who pursued him. There was a ruthless beast who wanted to take the kingdom for her own. Armed with a pack of untamed creatures, she drove all the other magical beings from the land. And there was a wicked sorcerer with enchanted stones that weakened the king every full moon. Seeing the shadows his enemies caused upon his home, the king was driven to send his beloved princess away, convincing all who remain that she was forever lost.