A younger man CAM, dressed in overalls, is talking with GUS who is old.

CAM
What a day huh Gus?

GUS
You’ve got to get one more tent up before nightfall but I can’t help you with it.

CAM
Why? You tired or something?

GUS
No I can’t help you with that tent, because it’s evil.

CAM
Evil huh?

GUS
That tent is haunted Cam.

CAM
I thought the haunted tent was over by the cotton candy machine.

GUS
No this one is really haunted. Terribly haunted.

CAM
What’s so haunted about it?

GUS
Well for one thing it looks small on the outside but when you walk in it’s really big.

CAM
Well that doesn’t sound so bad.

GUS
It’s good for storage.

CAM
But it’s evil?

GUS
You bet it is. That tent has taken the souls of many a circus worker. They say it strips off your skin and uses the leather to enlarge its interior.

CAM
Well then why even put it up? Why not just leave it in the bag?

GUS
What? No we can’t do that, we need it.

CAM
For what?

GUS
That’s where we store all the cracked fun house mirrors and broken animal cages and-

CAM
Well see that’s probably just making things worse.

GUS
Where else are we gonna put the elephant bones?

CAM
The tent’s already haunted and then you’re just encouraging things by putting all that creepy stuff inside.

GUS
Quit arguing and start nailing down the cursed stakes.

CAM
What’re you kidding? You put up the evil tent.

GUS
I can’t Cam. I escaped it once and now it wants me bad.

CAM
What happened?

GUS
I thought I saw my dead wife in a fun house mirror. It looked just like her except much thinner, I could see her mouthing “help me”, as I came closer her hand came out from the mirror but it became raw and bloody, like the skin had been stripped for leather. I turned and ran. I’d almost made it out before something grabbed me by the ankle. I tripped and clawed my way outside, but the tent still kept my shoe.

CAM
Was it a leather shoe?

GUS
My best pair. Now grab those poles and start putting ’em in a circle.

CAM
Forget it, that story was really scary. Make someone else do it.

GUS
Look, them’s the rules. New guy puts up the haunted tent.

CAM
It’s already getting dark.

GUS
Here. Take this rickety lantern.

CAM
No way. I don’t want to get eaten alive and stretched into a door flap. Get the intern to do it.

GUS
Don’t be ridiculous, he’s hand feeding a sick tiger. Quit your belly aching, we need that tent up so we can get Coloso’s bed of nails out from the rain.

CAM
Alright but only if I get to punch a clown.

GUS
Fine. Oh and take that crucifix off your neck. You’ll just make it angry.

CAM
Why? What’s the haunted tent got against my cross?

GUS
Haunted tent is Jewish, now get to work.

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