OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA As far as Baylor was concerned Malone’s Magical Circus had lost its magic. It was bad enough that Sword Swallowing Swealwe, Fire Eating Paowl and Te-Te the Fat Lady were forced to live together in one car that now reeked of honed steel, charred flesh and donuts. But people had a say, could leave if they liked. The animals troubled Baylor. Thelma – Elephant – Bleeding ankles. Bobo – Orangutan – Open sores on his chest. Giselle – Giraffe – Neck bent, wedged inside her crate. Baylor looked across the prairie, hummed It’s now or never, hefted the bolt cutters, started with Thelma. She never looked back.

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  1. Thankfully I cannot imagine what honed steel, charred flesh and donuts smells like, but it doesn’t sound good. Great piece.

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  2. Good for Baylor. I’m glad he freed the animals, but I’d be a little concerned about them wandering the prairie. Anyway, great take on the prompt and I’m glad they’re not being “circus-tortured anymore.” 🙂

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  3. Sandra says:

    A story after my own heart. I hope there’s enough for them to eat in that barren scrubland. I shall pretend there is. Lovely!

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  4. I wonder if Baylor would’ve done the same thing if the circus hadn’t lost its magic…

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  5. Lynda says:

    Survive or no I think they will enjoy their freedom. This is a good piece!

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  6. gahlearner says:

    Even if their life in freedom should be short, it is a life. Great story.

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  7. draliman says:

    I’m glad he let them go, and I hope they’ll be okay. I’ve always hated circuses which keep animals.

    I like the smells in the carriage associated with the different performers. Sounds like the fire eater has had a few mishaps along the way 🙂

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  8. Nan Falkner says:

    Run Thelma, Run! Great story! Nan 🙂

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  9. rgayer55 says:

    So, Te Te has donut breath, eh? I knew there was something I liked about that girl.

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  10. Te-Te is desired by many but accepts few. Thanks for reading, Russell.

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  11. elmowrites says:

    Ew, quite the mental picture you conjure here. I like how he’s freeing the animals, even if their future in the wild is by no means certain.

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  12. Thanks for this week’s picture. Those creatures deserve half a chance even if it’s only for a bit.

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  13. Amy Reese says:

    Yay! Freedom. Many circuses used to travel by trains, didn’t they? I love the combo of smells you have here: honed steel, charred flesh and donuts. I don’t know about you, but I’m out of there. You made every word count here. I could really feel the pain and misery. Great story, Alicia. Have you ever read “Water for Elephants”?

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    • Yes and loved the story. Saw the movie but it wasn’t half as good. Have you read The Electric Michelangelo? What happened to the elephant in Sarah Hall’s story was extremely sad…. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I know you have a lot on your plate.

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  14. The Liberator! Loved it. Something happy to read this week!

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  15. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Alicia,

    The only animals that belong in cages are humans and though they little realize it, they are part of the greatest and most tragic circus of all. Your wonderful story is a shot of good medicine for all of us. Well done.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • Dug, I so agree with you . The things we inflict on our fellow creatures are atrocious. I needed a thousand (two thousand? three?) more words to express what I really feel about humankind’s treatment of animals. Mahalo. Alicia

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  16. subroto says:

    Well done Baylor, now he just needs to jump out and look after them. A great cast of names too.

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    • Thank you, the names of the circus people represent their acts – all except Te-Te, couldn’t resist a corny name for the fat lady. Appreciate your stopping to read and for leaving a comment.

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  17. Dale says:

    I just read a similar story earlier today. Loved it. Let ’em go! They don’t belong in cages…

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  18. Those poor animals. You paint a picture of their mistreatment and confinement so well. I know that sometimes, when animal activists have released battery hens from their cages, that the poor creatures stagger about in a state of total disorientation, their legs collapsing under them, and they need to wear little knitted coats to stop them dying of hypothermia because all of their feathers have fallen out, or been pecked out. This being so, I fear for the fate of your unhealthy animals in the wild. I hope that someone good found them and nursed them back to health.

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  19. milliethom says:

    Thank goodness someone took the situation into his own hands. At least Baylor cared about the animals. And what ideal terrain on which to free the suffering creatures. I suppose it’s inevitable they’ll be rounded up again, though. Let’s hope the circus bosses don’t find out who was responsible for their escape. A very well described scene, Alicia.

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  20. Hooray! Although I’m a little worried about the circus animals starving out in the wilds. Maybe a kind cat lady will take them all in.
    Be well,
    Tracey

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  21. Francesca Smith says:

    The smell association with the people is very clever. I hope the animals survive, though by the looks of the barren land behind the train, I have my doubts.

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  22. Dear Alicia,

    Your story left me smiling. I imagined BoBo, Giselle and Thelma bounding free across the prairie. Humans don’t seem to know how to treat animals or each other. What’s up with that? This is one of my favorites this week. (as I slowly get around to them 😉 )

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  23. MissTiffany says:

    Sounds like a gritty, nasty situation. Hopefully they can find relief in their escape.

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  24. I always had a problem with circuses featuring animals, it is appalling. This happy end put a smile on my face, thank you for that.

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  25. Good for Baylor! Great characters – human and animal – and I hope somebody puts that circus out of business. An enjoyable story.

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  26. The thought of all those animals have made me sick at circuses.. hope they get a better life in freedom.

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  27. Slowly, but surely this week, Alicia… love the creativity and originality of this story! I think this could really be a bigger story– that I’d love to read! Wonderful!

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  28. Yep, the circus has seen its day now that small-town isolated America no longer exists, and the animals have more than served their time. Great job, Alicia.

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  29. Sounds great to give animals freedon, but I don’t think it would work well for many domesticated animals. Where would an elephant find food on the prarie, or the other animals he set free for that matter. He should have given them to an animal shelter. He’s going to have a side show rather than a circus. Well done, Alicia. 🙂

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  30. Suzanne, I just read an article that said zoos in Costa Rica are freeing all their animals. They don’t say where or how, but I kinda’ wonder what will happen to them if they are freed in the wild. Maybe not such a great idea – who knows. Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Alicia

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  31. Creatopath says:

    Those poor people and animals. Great imagery.

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