“Come one! Come all! Strangest beings known to mankind. Purchase your tickets here. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Share a meal with Jo-Jo, the Dog-Faced Boy. Have crumpets and tea with Ella, the Camel Girl. Test your strength against Waino and Plutano, the Wild Men of Borneo.”

The barker had my attention. In fact, this is what I had returned to the show to see.

Having been born with two right feet and having three additional fingers removed from my left hand, my curiosity was piqued to see what my life might have been like if I were not so blessed.


Written for Carrot Ranch PublicationsDecember 9, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a looky-loo. It can be in the general term of “looking around” or it can be a nosy neighbor kind of tale. You can also go deeper into the prompt and have a looky-loo at another culture (or your own).


2 thoughts on “THE BARKER

  1. What an interesting concept — to be able to have a looky-loo at who one might have been. It also says something about the extreme measures we go through to be normal (like cutting off extra digits). Imaginative take on the flash.

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