There’s always a ‘Clown’ side

The image below is from agevla77 at DeviantArt.
For the visually challenged writer, the image shows a man dressed as a clown with a sad expression walking outside in a wintry storm.

Following redundancy, the only job available had been in the circus, so after years of having to be serious all of the time, Charlie took up the opportunity to act like a clown and get paid for it.
That was until the cutbacks.
Oh yeah, he’s been on the receiving end of those too often but this time it was harder.
Who wanted to hire a clown? A retired painted face that never really smiled, one that had been captured for eternity on an boiled egg shell and patented so that no-one else could use it.
He couldn’t make any changes to ‘Freddyo’ either as he was likely to encroach on someone else’s face and well, it simply wasn’t done. Clowns had standards and respect you know.

He’d been thrown a lifeline with his current employer, but somehow hadn’t envisaged his truck breaking down and trudging through heavy snow to entertain at a kiddies birthday party. He sometimes wondered who was holding the deck of misfortune cards that was constantly being thrown at him. If he ever found out, he’d wring their neck.
Oh well, on with the show……………. best face forward and all that.

Written for FFFC 3rd May.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to There’s always a ‘Clown’ side

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Life’s a bitch 💜💜

  2. Poor old Charlie! Nicely written life of a clown. Well done.

  3. Carol anne says:

    Great story Di! ❤ ❤

  4. murisopsis says:

    Sad and all but such a well written slice of life!

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