Children’s laughter abounded in the park, but the joyous music of the merry-go-round was still distinct to hear. The machine with colorful lighting decorations had started running; the fast turning traces of light led Jinnie back to the time when she was still a child...
Little Jinnie: Mommy, I want a spinning top! Can you buy one for me?
Little Jinnie: ...Everyone at the park has a top...
When Jinnie played in the park with her parents, other children laughed at her because she did not have the park’s signature top —
Child: You don’t have a top! Your dad and mum didn’t buy you a top! They don’t love you anymore!
Little Jinnie: No! My parents love me a lot!
Child: Because you didn’t behave, your parents didn’t buy you a top!
Little Jinnie: That’s not it! I’m a good girl. My daddy and mommy are going to buy me a top!
Jinnie had been depressed since then, because she was still too young to understand that her parents were too poor to buy her a top. However, when they learned that Jinnie was mocked, they tried hard to lighten their little girl.
Jinnie’s Father: Jinnie, come and see what these are!
Little Jinnie: ...A lot of ropes and wood pieces...
Jinnie’s Father: Do you know what we can create out of them?
Little Jinnie: ...I don’t know.
Jinnie’s Father: A top! Come on, let’s build the top my baby has always wanted, shall we?
Jinnie loved to build tops with her parents. One day, she wanted to find new wood pieces as materials for her new top, so she entered a forest not far from her town, and started her exploration. However, there seemed to be something different — creatures in the forest were unusually restless, as if enemies were approaching them. Some of the animals even attempted to attack passers-by, prompting Jinnie to return home as soon as possible.
Little Jinnie: Boohoo...I want to go home...
Jinnie arrived at the town after a lot of difficulties, but what awaited the little girl were blazing houses, collapsed buildings, and blood-covered bodies of the townsmen.^ Filled with immense fear, Jinnie dashed home while calling for her parents. But her house had already fallen apart; only a hand could be seen from the rubble. It was holding something.
Jinnie recognized it was her mother’s hand. She immediately fell on her knees beside the rubble, tears running down her face as she stroked her mother’s hand. Just then, the object in the hand dropped. It was a top full of cracks — the one that Jinnie liked the most.
Sorrow overwhelmed the little girl and rendered her unconscious. When she woke up after being saved, she was told that the town was ravaged by Demons, and she was the only survivor. When all around her said she was lucky to have dodged the doom, Jinnie thought she was the unlucky one, because she had lost everything.
Elf Summoner - Princess Woodbury: I can fulfill your wish.
Since meeting Woodbury, Jinnie had been working for her in the body of a top. Jinnie had the ability to enlarge herself to the size of an adult, and when she spun herself, she could deflect most incoming attacks. This had allowed her to parry lethal blows from Demons in many occasions.
With her parents and other townsmen slaughtered by Demons, Jinnie had intense hatred towards them. It was not until Woodbury granted her power did Jinnie become able to avenge her parents. However, she was not satisfied even so.
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: No, this isn’t what I want! Though I can avenge daddy and mommy, I still...
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: ...cannot go back to the time when we were together!
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: For what did I transform into this?
Regrets surged, but it was too late. Now Jinnie could only follow Woodbury’s orders and work for her.
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: Will there be a day when I can truly fulfill my “wish”?
Sometimes, Woodbury locked herself in her room; other toys dared not approach unless they had urgent matters. Every time after seclusion, she would be more determined to find the entrance to Wonderland, prompting further pressure from Hamel, one of the toys serving Woodbury.
Jinnie had always wanted to know why Woodbury had turned her into a toy, so she sneaked into Woodbury’s room, attempting to find out the truth behind everything.
Wind-up Toy - Iron Hamel: Please stop there. There are things better left unknown.
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: But there are things we have to know. If you’re afraid of Lady Woodbury, I’ ll do it by myself!
Hamel could not win against Jinnie in the argument. He himself had long wanted to know the secret that Woodbury had been hiding. Now that Jinnie was willing to bear the consequences, Hamel no longer stood in her way.^ Jinnie endeavored to shrink herself as much as possible, and sneaked into the room before Woodbury came.
Soon, Woodbury entered the room and locked the door, leaving only herself in the room. Jinnie had been hiding on the bookshelf. Right upon hearing the sound of locking the door, she stuck out her head to observe. Woodbury opened a locked drawer and took out a photo, before she climbed onto the bed and peered at it.
Elf Summoner - Princess Woodbury: Mother, I will soon find my sister, and avenge your death!
Elf Summoner - Princess Woodbury: Why did she kill you...?
Tears streamed down Woodbury’ s face. The little girl closed her eyes and fell asleep on the bed.^ Upon hearing the word “avenge” , Jinnie seemed to have heard her own heart pouncing. But as she put her hand on the chest, she immediately remembered that she had become a toy without a heart.
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: ‘Lady Woodbury was also trying to avenge her mother...?’
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: ‘Now I understand. Although I have lost my heart, I can still feel your acute pain of losing your parent!’
Jinnie the Spinning Dancer: ‘Lady Woodbury, I will help you, from the bottom of my heart!’