Circus Clowns

EXT. CIRCUS TENT – NIGHT

DANA (33) leads a blindfolded NEIL (34) towards a large classic red and white striped circus tent. JACK (34) follows along behind them.

NEIL
This is so exciting! The last time you blind folded me like this Dana, it lead to Abby’s conception.

JACK
Oh c’mon!

NEIL
Oh, sorry Jack, I forgot you were still there. Why are you here?

JACK
For emotional support.

NEIL
What?

DANA
Okay, I’m going to take the blindfold off now. Try not to freak out alright?

NEIL
Why would I-

Dana takes the blind fold off. Neil looks up at the tent in fear.

NEIL (CONT’D)
AUGHHHHH!

JACK He’s freaking out.

NEIL
AUGHHHHHH!

DANA
Neil, baby, it’s alright, it’s alright.

NEIL
THE CIRCUS! Why would you take me to the circus? Oh my God, this is where those evil creatures are spawned. This is where they live!

JACK
He’s talking about clowns right?

NEIL
AUGHHHHHHH!

DANA
Great support, Jack. Neil, Neil, look at me. Breath okay? In, out, in, out.

Neil does what Dana says. He relaxes slightly.

DANA (CONT’D)
Okay. Yes we are at the circus, and yes we are going to look at-

Neil tenses.

DANA (CONT’D)
The…c-words.

JACK
You realise there’s already another word that carries that euphemism.

DANA
Fine, well I suppose this is part of it anyway. Neil, we’re here to looks at clowns.

NEIL
AUGHHHHHH!

DANA
Look, sweetheart. I know you have this crazy fear of them, and that’s fine, but our daughters favourite cartoon is about a family of clowns.

NEIL
AUGHHH-

DANA
Stop it. It’s alienating you from her. Every time she watches her show and you scream or faint around her like this she thinks she’s done something wrong.

JACK
Also, it’s really embarrassing for you. I can’t believe how high pitched your scream is.

Neil looks up at the tent, fear still evident on his face.

NEIL
I- I don’t know if I can. I want to, but I, I don’t know.

JACK
Hey, Neil, look at me. I know you’re scared, alright? I know how hard this is for you, but this isn’t about you. This is about Abby. That beautiful girl you spawned on my sister.

DANA
Spawned?

JACK
You’re doing this for her you hear me? Because yes, today she’s only watching a cartoon about clowns, but what if tomorrow she wants to start dressing up as one? Will you just stop being her father if that happens? Huh? Will you just ignore her?

FLASHBACK

A black and white Young Neil (7) dressed up as a jockey walks up to his father who’s sitting in a lounge chair reading the paper.

YOUNG NEIL
Look Daddy, I’m a jockey!

NEIL’S DAD
Why don’t you turn into a bottle of whiskey, maybe then I’d be interested in playing with you.

EXT. CIRCUS TENT – CONTINUOUS

JACK
Wow, you’re Dad really was a c-word.

NEIL
Alright! I’m doing this! This is for you Abby!

Neil turns and storms into the circus tent. A moment later he rushes out.

NEIL (CONT’D)
No, no, no, no, no.

DANA
What happened?

NEIL
One looked at me. I could feel it’s evil.

DANA
What about Abby?

NEIL
I know. Jack?

JACK
Yes?

NEIL
You’re going to have to drag me in. Whatever happens, get me in there. I will fight you.

JACK
It’s alright buddy, I’m here for you.

NEIL
LET’S GO!

Jack bodily lifts a thrashing Neil up and drags him into the tent.

NEIL (CONT’D)
AUGHHHHHHHHH!

Dana shakes her head and follows them in.

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