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.
I was a little tipsy when I wrote this one. Hope it’s not too bad. Lol! Don’t worry. I will edit it before the free ebook.
Family. Work. Love. Jack felt like he was juggling more than just bowling pins. Splitting his time between everything he loved killed him–not to mention he also wanted time to himself.
His family was demanding. They always wanted him to spend more and more time with them. It seemed the older he got, the more time they wanted to spend time with him. When he was a child it was almost like he didn’t exist and now he was the center of their universe.
Work was something self imposed. He always pushed himself to be better. He always had to juggle more things than the next guy. His determination got in the way of his relaxation.
His girlfriend was a kinky contortionist that expected him to spend all his free time with her. Every waking moment she needed him by her side, and every waking moment she wanted to get intimate with him. He liked it, but sometimes he couldn’t handle everything she threw at him.
As for the time he could spend with himself, and only himself, Jack had none. At the end of every day he would always be too exhausted to have time for himself.
One day, while out in the world on a summer tour, Jack met a couple that was on vacation. They told him of all the amazing thing they had seen and done. He felt envious of their journey and before he realized he was doing it, he packed his things and left the carnival he was traveling with.
He left his parents. He left his job. He left his girlfriend. He found himself.
All that remained was a short note:
I’ve gone to enjoy myself. Don’t wait up.
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?