Circumstances
This is part of a little project of mine. These are some characters from a story that's about a roaming circus, how they came together, live and deal with individual struggles.

(No specific order)
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Junipa

Junipa is an orphan girl like many of her generation. She grew up in a girls' home where they would teach the girls to become geishas in order to provide them a future. Though having trouble having a conversation because of her anxiety towards others, she dicovers something she truly enjoys: dancing and gymnastic. You could say her anxiety to converse made her passionate about alternative ways to communicate. Dreaming of entertaining others with her performances, she thought she was really lucky when a sponsor adopted her into his teahouse- not as a geisha (since she still could't casually converse) but solely as a performer. However, she soon realises not only that she's completely dependent of her sponsor but also that his motives weren't nearly as generous as she'd hoped. To keep it short: she's slowly driven into a vicious cycle of abuse and prostitution. Her first contact with the circus was when they'd planned a show in her town. The carpenter Eugene, who knows about the milieu of the geishas in his town, joins the circus to help out during preparations and approaches the other members about the idea of including local geishas for dancing performances. For a huge honorarium (and telling him it's good advertisement), they are able to convince the sponsor. But the more rehearsals they attend, the more convinced Junipa becomes that this might be the only chance to escape her sponsor. Happy to have found another member, they decide to leave the town right after the show and Junipa successfully escapes. She forces herself to work hard on herself to reach the others level and while managing to constantly improove her gymnastics, her social awkwardness only changes very slowly. Until the end, Junipa is one of the most passive members in the circus.
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Akane Hinako

So this is Akane Hinako, a merchant who comes from a tailors' family. The family business couldn't maintain so she decided at a young age to travel around the continent as a merchant to spread her familys merchandise. As she grew older she gained connections and soon conveyed a variety of goods. Though she doesn't have the intention of damaging anyone in particular, she clearly prioritizes her interests over others and would manipulate her business partners in order to get the best deal. One of those partners is the tailor Evelyn to whom she develops romantic feelings.
She gets to know the circus by chance and makes them the offer to sell them Evelyns flashy and outstanding costumes to make their performance even more spectacular. Thus, she creates the link between Evelyn and the circus, helps spreading information about them and therefore helps all of them living from doing what they love most. 
For the circus, it's performing, for Evelyn it's fashion design and for Akane, it's travelling. 
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more characters coming soon...
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