3: Freak of the Freak Show

Joseph, a sword-swallower, exits to a sensational treasure chest of exciting sights and sounds. He taps the sign for the bearded woman, he nods at the friendly giant, he passes fire-breathers, little people, children with deformities by birth, and adults with deformities by choice.

Joseph reads the night’s billing and yanks his shirt collar. He’s not listed, kicked off without notice, without warning. This is the third night in a row that he’s been pulled, all in different cities, for the fire-breathing prodigy, Danny the Dragon.

There’s no more future for him here. He’s the freak of the freak show.

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