Not just clowns and candy-floss

“Candyfloss for a sweet smile”
Elena cherished pink sweetness and returned a dimple-smile for yet another clown.
It was fair, and she was its princess, her mother told her so. Before she left.
“Wait here”, mother said, but glitz and merry-go-rounds pulled like magic. Elena strayed.
The clown took her small hand in his:
“What’s your name, sweet girl?”
“Elena, and I’m not allowed to talk to strangers.”
The clown laughed,
“But I’m no stranger?”


Returning Sandra found her daughter talking to Mike. Despite his clown costume she would never forget the fists of Elena’s father.
“We’re leaving”, she shouted.

The Carousel took me to the fair-ground filled with clowns and candy-floss, and here I wanted to betray you a little from my usual darkness to maybe another one… hope I succeeded, this one was hard to fit in 100 words.

Friday Fictioneers is a great prompt returning weekly on Wednesdays, led by Rochelle who just celebrate her retirement. Visit her site for more info or click on the frog below for more stories.

I can also take the possibility to announce a little bit on a book-project that is getting close to conclusion. Fifteen short stories set in one building in Stockholm written by me and 14 other authors. We hope that the release party can be held in Stockholm, November 7.


52 responses to “Not just clowns and candy-floss

  1. I’m glad Elena’s mother arrived in time (I’m thinking a possible kidnapping) and that she’s seemingly gotten away from Father’s evil fists. Congrats on the book, Bjorn. Very exciting.

  2. Bjorn, you know I am a big fan of your writing, and I thought this was great, up to the break.
    I think it could have finished there, very effectively, so I assume you were making a point with your postscript.

  3. I thought she had been abducted and was glad to find out that she had not. Even if it was her violent father, her mother pulled her away. I’m happy you added the second part.

  4. You had me going for a second there. I am glad it did not turn out so bad for the child, I am not sure how her mother will get by though. Also, congrats on the book and good luck!

  5. Congrats on the book.

    I thought you will end the story with the child going with the clown. Thank god, the mother found her.

  6. I think you did quiet well in 100 words. A sweet moment between mother and daughter, the innocent wandering of a child, the fear of every parent, the relief and terror of who she went with… Excellent.

    P.S. I do think the comma after Elena in the second sentence shouldn’t be there.

  7. Congratulations on your book! And your story was darkness layered on pink candy-floss– quite scary. Glad the mother found her before the horrible father did any more harm.

  8. Big Congratulations on the book … hope it’s triumphant !!!
    I’m sensing a terror in this mothers voice. She seems fearful of Elenea’s father. Divorce or estrangement can be a horror when the couple has extreme issues. I’m glad it was the father and not a stranger. Too many of those around lately; although, he could be just as dangerous.
    Great story, Bjorn. I enjoyed it very much. It’s thought provoking.
    Isadora 😎

  9. All this picking on clowns is starting to give me a complex. Generally, I just get picked on by middle-aged women and grandmas. They like to poke my nose or “squeeze my honker,” if you know what I mean. They use me like a toy. I feel so abused.

  10. Little Elena is so vulnerable and trusting – ‘the princess of the fair’. Then it all comes crashing down – nice twist. I’m glad Mother came back to save the day. Congratulations on your book. It sounds like a wonderful idea.

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