A beautiful girl, thrown into the darkness by her evil stepmother...but this time she must be kept away. For when the clock strikes twelve, instead of losing all her riches and looks, she looses something much more...her sanity...

A small child sits in a dark dungeon in the dead of night, staring with tired yet fearful eyes at the clock upon the wall. Five minutes to midnight.
Her arms wrapped around herself as she tried to find her head; if only she could keep it, but she knew it would surely be lost as soon as midnight came for her mind...
She was sat within the confines of a dungeon; dank, stone Walls, slick with moss, cold hard floor and bars across the wall. This is where she slept every night, waiting...wishing...dreading...

Only three minutes left...

She shivered, wrapping her arms around herself, staring, always staring, at the clock on the wall.
All this had begun a while back, as soon as her mother died...inexplicable, completely irrational, and she couldn't control it, no matter what.

Her father said it was a curse her mother had put upon her before her death, to get vengeance once her father found love in another...and he did. He had. In fact their relationship had begun before her mother was even dead. Nobody knew how her mother died- some said of a broken heart, but the girl knew it was simply a cold blooded murder at the hands of her father and his new mistress.
Then the curse had begun, tormenting herself and those around her...

Ten seconds...the girls arms were wrapped around her like a straight jacket, constricting her heavy breathing...
Five seconds...she shook violently in pure terror of what came every night, and would come every night in the future...
One...
Her eyes darkened as soon as the silent chime of doom rang through the air. A smirk played upon her small lips. Slowly she rose to her feet, walking over to the bars, the only thing between her and freedom. She gripped them, shaking them violently, laughing and screaming in psychotic joy as she shook the chains around her ankles, screamed murder into the darkness, waiting for someone to hear her