FF – 10th October 2014
This week the prompt was to include Surgery with the following picture.
SEND OUT THE CLOWNS
“I don’t want you guys to leave.”
“Believe me kid,” said Tramps, “we don’t wants to go eithers.”
If Tramps had a heart it would have broken as he looked into the kids eyes. He glanced around at the others; Wacko, Short-Short, Cracker and Dodo the Wonder Dog. Despite the sadness of this moment they kept smiling, just like always.
“Then why? Why won’t I see you again?”
“Your parents, they think it’s bestist if we weren’t arounds no more,” said Tramps. “Doctors gonna switch of the part of your brain that helps you sees us.”
“Please don’t let them.”
Tramps reached out and placed his hand on the kid’s chest. “Seeing ain’t always believing. We’ll always be here. Promise.”
The others nodded as Tramps pulled the kid tight and gave him the best hug ever.
When the kid opened his tear filled eyes they were gone.
WIPE THAT SMILE OFF HIS FACE
“Hey Max, how you doing?”
Max looked up from his book as four clowns walked in. “Tony. What are you doing here? And why are you dressed like that?”
“Just come from a party. Thought we’d see how you’re doing after surgery.”
“I’m fine. Legs still hurt but I’m getting loads of ice cream.”
“That’s swell,” said Tony as he sat down beside the bed. “Listen, Max. Your mum said you told people you fell down the stairs at school. But that’s not what happened, is it?”
“Of course it is?”
“You old man had us go to a kids party this afternoon, hence the getup. Ears to the ground sort of thing. Rumor goes some disrespectful little prick named Charlie Costos has taken a dislike to you. Ring more of the truth?”
Max just nodded.
Tony didn’t say anything. He patted Max on the head and left, the troupe of clowns followed.
Max wasn’t bullied at school ever again.