The last entry, Life on the Highwire, comes from not the girl.
"Mary stood on the platform in front of the tightrope. (I'd link these two sentences with a comma; I think it flows a little better) Her mind buzzing with the fight she had with Albert last night. She called him all kinds of crazy names; names
Mary couldn’t bring herself to forgive him. She understood why he thought what he did. She was the star of the traveling circus, and lots of men looked at her. She could tell that made Albert jealous. But Mary never realized just how jealous a man he could be.
She tensed. The crowd waited, but the images of last night played in her mind, and she momentarily forgot where she stood. Uh oh. Not a good idea.
Last night, after her performance on the tightrope as Mary undressed in her dressing room, she heard the door open. “I’m getting dressed! I’ll be out in a minute!” she called to whomever had opened the door. She assumed that Albert had gotten tired of waiting on her. He always told her that she took too long in the dressing room, but she always countered by saying that after a great routine in the air, she needed some alone time to decompress before going back into the world. Reality hovered too close to a tightrope performance for her.
First let me reiterate that everything I say and suggest is my opinion only, what I would or should do, like the using specific, concrete language. That said, I think I would prefer two separate scenes here rather than the back and forth. I do like the idea of starting on the wire (and what a precarious place to be), the crowd below, while everything that has happened is buzzing in her head ‘and she momentarily forgot where she stood.’ Then I’d launch into the flash back, ‘Last night when Mary undressed…’ Then you could reveal how she was forced. Was it physically or mentally? Unless that’s still a secret, in which case you could allude to it. I do find myself interested in this person. Maybe the fact that can walk a wire so far above the ground gives her 'nerves of steel.' Or maybe it's her past. Definitely curious as to where this is going!