Flash Fiction: Sideshow

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“Observe,” said the showman, pointing with his cane. “This bizarre creature is so fragile, even the slightest variance of temperature causes it distress.”

He turned the valve with one of his myriad tentacles, and the glass tank lit up red. The creature within balled up its pathetic appendages and howled in anguish.

“Hear how it passes air over flaps of flesh within its throat to make sound?” said the showman. “A primitive, but effective form of communication.”

He bowed and doffed the top hat from atop one of his several eye stalks. “Ladies, gentlemen, larvae… I give you, man!”

~99 words

For Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge — “Performance”

 

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7 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: Sideshow

  1. One aspect of good sci-fi is when the writer gives the reader the ability to see from an alien perspective. I found this flash vivid, and this sequence achieving that perception: “Hear how it passes air over flaps of flesh within its throat to make sound?” said the showman. “A primitive, but effective form of communication.”

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