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.
Sorry this one posted late. I scheduled it wrong. Enjoy!
The Fortune Teller’s Feelings
The vision came to her in the middle of the night. Rogan the snake charmer was about to do something awful. Madam Sergi sat up in her bed and took a deep breath. She focused her power on thoughts of Rogan to see if she could get the whole story. She tried to see his future, but it cut off just before he would have used the charming instrument to control her.
Madam Sergi wondered if he hadn’t made up his mind yet. Perhaps he hadn’t even thought up the plan yet. Either way, Madam Sergi decided she would not be going on their date tonight. The one she had missed last week had been an accident, but this one would be a message to him. She knew she couldn’t be with someone who even considered controlling her with a charmer’s instrument.
Later that night, as Madam Sergi waited for her talent to find more information on Rogan and his plan, an old client needed her help. In the middle of the session, Madam Sergi had another vision of Rogan. This time, she saw him stop when he saw her. The sight of her had made him decide not to control her. Relief and joy washed over her, but the nagging thought that he could snap at any moment and carry out the plan in the future scared her to death. It was best to break it off now and push her feelings for him aside.
As her client left, she walked outside. Once she was sure that Rogan no longer wanted to control her, she glanced in his direction. He was walking back to his tent. A new vision of his near future came to her. He would be a lonely man, but he would be a good man. It was the last time she would allow him in her visions.
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?