For the A to Z Challenge, I’ll be writing flash fiction pieces based in the world featured in my upcoming novel, Where the Carnies Are. You’ll meet some of the characters and learn their back stories. These stories are completely original and are not part of the book.
From Eva to Electra
The first time Eva experienced a lightning storm was on her sixteenth birthday. It was her first summer out of the carnival kingdom and she was still trying to find her talent. Her parents were trying to help her, but between their own business and all the travel, there wasn’t much time to guide Eva into her place as a carny.
Just as the lights on the rides went out, the storm rolled in. Flashes in the clouds and booming thunder alerted Eva to the phenomenon she had never before experienced as a resident of Crescent Kingdom. Eventually the flashes turned to cracks of light in the sky and Eva was mesmerized by the beauty she watched.
Something inside her told her to run toward it and not away, so she did. Through the rain and the wind she ran into the harshest part of the storm. She did her best to stare up at the clouds in the middle of an open field. It seemed that the energy in the storm increased. She raised her arms and a loud crack filled the air just as a bright light surrounded her. The lightning struck her. There was no pain, but her body tingled and her skin twitched.
The storm settled after that. She bid it farewell with a wave of her hand, but lighting came out of her palm and struck the clouds above. She had found her talent and with it came the perfect stage name: Electra.
Where the Carnies Are blurb:
Olive is having a very bad day. She caught her boyfriend cheating on her, she lost her job, and she stumbled into a portal leading to a secret carnival kingdom which she can’t escape. The good news is she meets an eccentric, but stunningly handsome knife thrower. The bad news is she can’t go home for another two months.
The world she lands in is full of sideshow characters, terrifying amusement rides and her biological parents’ past. She was born a carny, but raised as a normal human. Magic lives in her blood, but it hasn’t reached her heart. To find out who she really is, and why carnies are disappearing, Olive must deceive the king with the help of Alex the knife thrower.
Olive and Alex play a dangerous game with their emotions when they decide to have a fling during Olive’s stay. They both lead very different lives and decide that being together for the rest of their lives is not possible, but a short affair is certainly on the menu. Will they make it through the annual festival with both their hearts and lives intact or will the king take matters into his own hands?