AnElephantCant spell Coulrophobia
It is a new-fangled Greek-based compound noun
But put down the dictionary
This is a short fiction story
AnElephant explains that it means ‘fear of clowns’
AnElephant is invited by the lovely, and Priceless, Joy to write a piece of Flash Fiction for her challenge, here.
The inspiration comes from the photo provided, below.
I feel again the childhood thrill when the circus comes to town.
But I am a mother now, husband gone, so I worry that my children will be tempted as I always was.
For years I dreamed of that romantic life, the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd.
So we visit, the three of us, and I keep them close.
They love the clown most of all and, as we leave, he reappears without makeup.
His eyes are so sad, so beseeching, that I am afraid.
We visit every night.
He finds us prime seats, free of charge, enchants my darlings.
As the circus pulls out of town I have tears in my eyes, wondering if I will ever see them again.
But I have to go with him.