Sideshow (Part VI)

“The ring, Jack?” Marko prompted, and Rosemary became aware that Jack was already there on the carousel, waiting for her. His long, cool fingers closed over Rosemary’s hand and she flinched, just a little, although he had warned her he grew his fingernails long as part of his act. Rosemary heard footsteps. The Incredible Frog…

Sideshow (Part V)

It was impossible for Rosemary appreciate the scene before her; Norah’s vast rump hung almost to the floor on both sides of the red velvet stool and she trembled all over with excitement and the effort of not crying—not yet.  Marko the Magnificent caught her eye and gestured once with the tip of his leather…

Sideshow (Part IV)

It was easier than she ever imagined for Rosemary to run away with the circus.  She simply lingered on the porch after supper until Aunt Fanny finally went to bed, grumbling about night chills and willful, headstrong girls and what was the world coming to when children didn’t do as bid by their elders.  Earlier,…

Sideshow (Part III)

Perched on the peaked porch roof over her aunt’s porch, Jack told Rosemary about his life with the circus, and how the stars looked away across the world in other skies.  He brought the clowns, the contortionists, even the dry, gray hide of the elephants to life for Rosemary, all the time watching her face…

Sideshow (Part II)

Later that night, although the air was still just this side of stifling, the man pulled his jacket collar almost to his ears and slipped away from the carnival set-up.  No one marked his passage through the empty lots at the far end of Bushell, and he was intent only on the tall yellow house…