Tears of a Clown
Parade day. Making balloon animals. Still getting used to my solo act.
“Your teardrop frightens the children.” Recognized the voice. She shouldn’t be here. She’d gotten Nora Roberts, I kept Elmore Leonard. Her, Bangles; Me, Springsteen. She’d chosen carnivals. Left me parades.
“You belong another ninety feet away.” My helium-infused voice wasn’t persuasive.
She sidled up. “It shouldn’t end this way.”
“It doesn’t,” I said, making a balloon centipede. “Goes another six blocks.” Honked my nose.
“You know what I – never mind. It does end now.” She raised her umbrella. One with the needle in the tip. Stabbed me. Cyanide, I think.
The crowd cheered my acting when I collapsed. Except I wasn’t acting. And I never got up.
21 thoughts on “Umbrella”
Yet another woman driven to violence. Hang on tight. Only 5 more women to piss off so much that they love you dead.
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Oh, “love you dead” is extraordinary. You should use that, Elise. Otherwise, I’ll steal it. Thank you in advance, just in case!
I think I stole that one from Shakespeare? Or maybe some old metal song? It’s an old favorite turn of phrase. I do use it in my fantasy series, but you write murder so borrow away. I did.
Your helium infused voice wasn’t persuasive? I can’t imagine why.
We’re almost done! Keep up the good dying =)
I should go into acting where you only have to break a leg. This daily dying routine is exhausting.
Love it. I am sad there aren’t going to be another six blocks’ worth of deaths.
Phillip | U is for Unexpected
Haha! I wouldn’t be able to survive another six months. Well, listen to me. I’ll barely survive another six hours at the rate I’m dying.
Very clever! ‘Spect to see that on a police procedural any time now! LOL
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I might have to start watching TV is this winds up on a police procedural! Thanks for the good thought.
so sad and weird at the same time… technically, you’re saying the weapon is not an umbrella so I will not think unkindly of umbrellas…
have a lovely day.
I like the way you think. Technically, I suppose you could look at it that way. “Technically, Your Honor, I didn’t kill the victim. Nor did my gun. It was that bullet someone lodged in the chamber.” That could work, yes. Umbrellas are your friend!
You never disappoint! Love your sense of humor…
If/when my first manuscript gets published, I’m sending you a copy for a review!
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The umbrella was an expected weapon for U, but no doubt the cyanide is a bonus.
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It wasn’t expected for me! She used to bring an umbrella to every parade. It was our running joke. She’d sing “don’t rain on my parade…” and wave her umbrella around. The kids loved it. Yes, the poisonous tip was a new twist.
Ahh I thought maybe it would be an umbrella with a knife in the end, like a bayonet. But I guess they do say poison is a woman’s weapon!
Here’s my “U” post 🙂 http://nataliewestgate.com/2017/04/under-secret-diary-of-a-serial-killer
I think the first time we have used the same weapons for a letter. My umbrella was far more innocent though.
Is it just me or do the murders seem more and more premeditated as the end nears! And here I was thinking that no umbrella could be more lethal as a weapon than Hagrid’s umbrella! Guess I was wrong about that! 😂
Cool! The best acts are those in which we are not acting…
Ha, well played! Let it come natural, I suppose.
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