Circus clowns visit sick boy. CC Boston Public Library. (via Flash! Friday)
The Guessing Game
Clown Face laughs, the sound muffled by the latex mask hiding his features. “We’re going to play a game,” he says. “You want to play, don’t you? We want to play with you.”
Cal shakes his head – or tries. His body is uncooperative, though he is conscious now. That’s a start, he thinks, twitching muscles at the corner of his eyes. His limbs remain leaden. For now, Cal surmises.
“Play time!” Clown Face says, clapping gloved hands together. “You can meet my friends now. We’ll play guessing games.” Cal hears a click as, presumably, a door opens. His head is angled so he can’t see.
“Which first?” Clown Face asks, red lips passing Cal’s eye line. Silence, before he speaks again. “Too slow! For that, you’ll miss part of the fun.”
Suddenly, Cal can’t see. He thinks he, too, is masked. “It’s called Operation!” Clown Face says. “Let’s play together!”
Cal doesn’t need to see to know what comes next.
One of this week's entries for Flash! Friday - couldn't resist adding a reference to "Operation" into it in a different context, given the word prompt was "surgery"...