“We never stop anywhere very long.” – DARREN SHAN, A LIVING NIGHTMARE
This challenge was written for the 50 Word Thursday challenge, this week hosted by Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith, see the link below to her post:
The Travelling Troupe
The travelling entertainers were packing up. Gathering their flags that only yesterday flew proudly in the summer breeze, collapsing the Punch and Judy stand that rolled into a bundle that fit in their tiny caravan. Violette sat on the wooden steps and stared out to sea.
Only yesterday the beach had been filled with people, laughing and playing. Children had sat and watched their show, not just the Punch and Judy, but their juggling, acrobatics and dancing. It was the same at every beach they had been to. They would perform and the crowds would laugh, applaud and throw coins. When the crowds departed, they combed the sand eagerly for every coin. They couldn’t afford to be spendthrift, their caravans hadn’t had a lick of paint in years, all the money went to keep the troupe fed.
In the early morning light, a little girl who was walking with her parents came running up to her.
“Where are you going? I saw your show yesterday, why are you leaving so soon?”
Violette smiled at her, then glanced at her parents standing apart and frowning.
That was the reason they were always prompt to move on.
“We never stop anywhere very long,” Violette said to the girl, “But we may be back again next summer.”
The girl ran back to her parents and they walked off.
Violette knew well the consequences of remaining too long in one place. The crowds that were entertained one day could quickly turn into a mob.
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