A stubborn 11-year-old girl named Sophia is less than amused with the idea of her spending her summer at her grandparents' house; especially with that weirdo Darkslaw around just to annoy her. But then one fateful night, Sophia finds herself walking into Decembersville, a hidden city of freaks and monsters, with no hope of returning home!In order to survive the freaks-only world, she turns to a kind ax-handed boy named Zero, an anxious clock-like circus performer named Pendulum Tin, and a shiftily devious gangster werewolf, all trying to keep her safe from the vengeful vampire Count Merry-Go-Round, the evil overlords of Decembersville, the von Pyre Bros., and the terrifying ringmaster behind a dark scheme: the Meowsician.Throughout the journey, Sophia learns through the morals of courage, friendship and love to try to restore peace to the corrupted city.An online novel in the works which can be found on deviantART. Featuring a large cast and showing how humans just cannot get it through their heads that discrimination is bad. As of 5/20/11, Chapter 55 is out, and the story has been placed on a schedule consisting of one chapter every few weeks.The story was written over about a year and a half, so there is a large improvement in the storytelling and writing style.You can begin reading the story here: Now has something resembling the beginnings of a Character Page.
Grandparental Obliviousness: Averted. A section of one chapter is dedicated to Sophia's grandparents (along with Darkslaw's father) and the police searching for the missing children. Kind of there to make it clear that Sophia is no orphan, that's pretty much all.
Non-Action Guy: Sophia as a younger girl version, and quite possibly Zero.
Nice Hat: Plenty in Decembersville, Tin and Chimabell's for example.
Our Vampires Are Different: Count Merry-Go-Round sways towards the more traditional version of vampires, and since Decembersville is without a sun, he doesn't have to worry about being burned. Also, it seems like he can super-heat his claws to melt metal, as he did when saving Zero and Sophia from the Runaway Train
Punny Name: LOADS. You have the von Pyres, for one. Also, Meowsician is pretty straightforward in meaning. Then, there's Darkslaw and Darkchovi (which sound like coleslaw/anchovi), Melloni Collie sounds like "melancholy" along with his last name being a breed of dog. "Malakov" also sounds vaguely like "molotov." Finally, Merry-Go-Round and Kerasell.
Also, in music, "Andante" means a "moderately fast" tempo.
Tank Goodness: Darkly subverted. The Winter Cult, coming from the last chapter they were featured in (and if this Troper's memory serves), they have a TANK. And the police officer who pointed them out didn't seem to care. Supposed to be humorous.
Theme Naming: Melloni and his stepbrother Emylli. There's also Darkchovi and Darkslaw (Dark + coleslaw; dark + anchovi). Also, Chimabell, Bella, and Campara ("Campara" being one letter away from "Campana," which is Spanish for "bell") are names pertaining to bells. Finally, there's Count Merry-Go-Round and Kerasell ("carousel"). You know you're destined for each other when your names are synonymous.