“You sure, Mr. Flynn? The director said you felt a bit under the weather and I don’t mind standing in.”
“Listen, Kid. All my life I just wanted to make people laugh. Soon I’ll have scores of laughs once this damn disease* turns me into a real human mutant! Come on, there’s my cue,” winked Mr. Flynn to his assistant, “prop me into place. I’ll let you know when this live dummy mannequin is too stiff to work an audience.”
Backstage, the stage director cued for the show to begin and Mr. Flynn, the live mannequin clown, worked his magic.
*damn disease: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP)
-Rare disabling genetic disease where bone forms in muscles and other soft tissue areas. It is as if a second skeleton develops over the bones causing a “human mannequin” condition.
There are no none cure yet.
THE CHALLENGE: Friday Fictioneers
Write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle and end. (No one will be ostracized for going over or under the word count.)
THE KEY: Make every word count.