The Night Everything Changed
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by Kristopher Rufty
Description: No one would ever forget the night the carnival came to town. Vincent Carlson used to have a good life. He lived on a small farm in Doverton, Wisconsin, with his loving teenage daughter, Leanne. His biggest worries were tending his corn crop and being a good dad to Leanne. But that was before the seedy little carnival came to town, bringing with them the tiny humanoid creatures called "Haunchies". For Vincent Carlson--and the whole town of Doverton--that was the night everything changed.
eBook Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 2012 2012
eBookwise Release Date: October 2012
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [31 KB]
Reading time: 16-22 min.
The wind was picking up. All week the weathermen warned of severe thunderstorms making their way into the heart of Wisconsin, but, until recently, the weather had been chipper. These early days of June had been almost perfect.
Lightning flashed along with a boom of thunder. Rain would come soon, probably within minutes. The lingering odor of manure that usually fortified the farmlands had all but been dispersed by the wind.
Dr. Vincent Carlson darted from his house. He'd forgotten to latch the front barn door and heard it pounding against the side of the stable. The last thing he needed was to trot all over the land during a storm and gather up escaped animals. If it were any other night, he'd get his daughter, Leanne, to help round them up, but she'd been at the carnival all evening and wasn't here to help if the stock got out.
Vincent implored her not to go, but she'd insisted. He didn't like the idea of her running off to some strange carnival where the main attraction was a herd of tiny people, even if it was on his land. Not dwarves, mind you, these people were even smaller. He'd heard rumblings in town that some folks thought they might be elves.
That was ridiculous. Elves.
Leanne argued it was the eighties, times had changed, and people could believe what they wanted and go to any kind of carnival that they wanted without worry of being ridiculed for it.