The story of how Clopin met Esmeralda.
Backstory: Clopin is being chased by Frollo's guards.
Esmeralda's parents have been arrested by Frollo for the crime of harboring gypsies, leaving her to fend for herself.
...Clopin's heart raced as he ran down an alley as fast as his 14 year old legs could carry him, he was breathing heavier and heavier. He then stopped for a second to catch his breath. In the silence of the night he heard a sad, whimpery noise.
He followed the sound and it led him to the end of the alley. He looked around the corner and spotted a small girl sitting near an empty water barrel. She was crying with her head on her knees. She was dirty and her black hair was tangled. She wore rags and was barefoot and looked about 5 to 6 years old. "You know, little girl, you should get home to your parents, it's dangerous out here at night." Clopin said to her. She looked at him all teary and replied, "But that's just it...sniff..I don't know where they are. ....Sniff ...sniff.... They were just trying to help the gypsies!" She began sobbing. "Do you know where they are?" Clopin looked at her in sympathy. "Well. What did they look like?" He asked. "My mama's name is Madame Claire and my papa is Monsior Chapelle. They have brown hair and light skin and they are very kind! They just wanted to be kind to gypsies, but they got in big, big trouble." She looked up at Clopin. As she studied his rugged appearance, she whispered to him, "Are YOU a gypsy?"
Clopin and Esmeralda belong to Disney/Victor Hugo