Friday, July 12, 2013

The Circus Of Twice (250=1)



The Circus Of Twice

There was, he knew, a circus where two daredevils walked the tightrope: hand-in-hand one in front, one behind, each holding a pole in the other hand, balancing.

The circus has no ringmaster. The acts come on, or don’t. Some nights there was no audience. On other evenings it seemed a whole world was watching as lions jumped through hoops alit with flames.

There were no lion tamers here. These were not, he understood, tame lions. They performed their stunts spur-of-the-moment, on their own, the act changing every night but for one particular: there were always only two lions.

The clown car would, he believed, careen crazily into the spotlight disgorging not too many clowns but first just one who arched his back, scratched his head, leaned into the car, helped a woman clown out. A hug, then the man ran off into the dark. The woman circled the car, opened the passenger door as the man clambered from the trunk. The crowd, surprised. The woman dove into the car; the man followed and came out the driver's side, went into the trunk and out the passenger side. The woman, meanwhile crept from the dark outside the center ring. Put her hands around the man's eyes, and they got into the car.

A burst of smoke, flash of light. When the haze clears, two baby elephants stand perched on a ball where the car was.  In tandem, they roll the ball offstage.

This, he knew, was marriage.



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In 250=1, I write stories that are exactly 250 words long, including the title.  Find a list of them all here.

6 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

That is one freaky circus. It would just blow my mind.

Andrew Leon said...

Hmm... the car thing is interesting, but it might be too Scooby-Doo for me.

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