Friday Fictioneers — Fire Dancers

There was an outburst of “oohs” and “ahs” from the audience. But Deborah burst out crying. “Daddy, they’re on fire. You need to help them, Daddy.”

“No, sweetie,” her father said, giving a knowing glance to his wife, who was sitting on the other side of their daughter, “they’re not on fire. It’s done with lighting and costumes to make it look like that way, but it’s a trick. Isn’t it amazing?”

Relieved that no one was going to get hurt, Deborah stared in awe at the members of the troop. “I’m glad they’re not on fire, Daddy,” she said.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: J Hardy Carroll.

17 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Fire Dancers

  1. Sadje August 28, 2020 / 9:34 am

    This could look very real to a child. Great story Fandango

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Dora August 28, 2020 / 11:09 am

    Well, they do look like they’re on fire! Who can blame the little mite? 😊 Cute story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 28, 2020 / 5:19 pm

      Many choose to believe what they’re told.


  3. siobhan1967 August 29, 2020 / 2:10 am

    The natural compassion of children is always lovely to see isn’t it. Good story.


  4. granonine August 31, 2020 / 11:11 am

    I can imagine how these entertainers could turn up in a child’s nightmare. To be on fire is a very scary thing! I hope her daddy’s assurance relieved her fears.

    Liked by 1 person

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