To The Moon

It took him conscious thought to breath for a few seconds before he opened the door and stepped out into the darkened fairgrounds. The scene reminded him of a cheesy horror novel as he walked by the empty stalls and shadowed fair rides.

“There you are.” Autumn came out of the shadows. “So how was your day?”

Wayne thought for a second; a fast forward track of sounds and images burst through his mind and a tight ball of frustration built up as a lump in his throat. “Good, it was a good day.” He said, stumbling on his words. As if the truth fought its way out, he regressed. “Terrible.” He said, laughing. “My day was horrendous.”

Autumn laughed with him. “Really?”

“Yes, it was one of the worst I’ve had in a long time.” He looked at her and his heart swelled. “But it just got a lot better.”

“Oh, smooth.” She said, smiling at the compliment. “Come on, I want to show you something.” She took his hand.

The heat of her hand raced up his arm and went straight to his head. He fought the blush that he felt rising in his cheeks. “Alright.”

The Ferris Wheel was enormous. In the darkness it looked like a giant blossom of shadows.

“What exactly do you have in mind?” Wayne asked.

She walked up to the console and flipped a switch. A low rumble echoed from beneath the Ferris wheel. She opened a small box and pushed a button then turned to see the fruits of her labor. In the darkness the massive structure shuddered and came to life, rotating with deliberate cadence. The lights remained off. “Hurry!” She grabbed his arm and pulled him toward the cages suspended in the structure. She was laughing that beautiful laughter.

Wayne followed, enthralled by her behaviour. They climbed into a seat that was unexpectedly narrow; he accidentally rested his hand on her thigh for all of a millisecond before awkwardly pulling it away and frantically searching for someplace else to put it. There was nowhere to put it but on the backrest behind her shoulders. He winced, concentrating not to touch her as he placed his arm around her shoulders. Distracted by his efforts, he hadn’t noticed that she was looking at him. They made eye contact as the anxiety built in his stomach like a heavy stone. She smiled at him. “Oh thank god.” He thought.

“I like the dark.” She said.

“I’ve never been on a Ferris Wheel before.”

“Really?” She asked, as if it was a near impossibility. “That’s hard to believe.”

“Maybe for you.”

“You didn’t come to the circus as a kid? I thought you said you lived here all your life? We’ve been through here for as long as I can remember.”

“Really? You said you’d only worked for the Harvey’s Fair for a few years.”

She shied away, nervously tucking a strand of dark hair behind her ear. “Yeah, about that.” She said with a guilty stare. “I may have lied a little.”

“That’s alright. I wasn’t straightforward either. Shane spilled my beans for me though.”

She smiled. “That was cute.”

Wayne laughed. “I suppose it worked in my favor. At the time though I was horrified.”

“I could tell. You were red as a tomato.”

“So how long have you been working for Harvey’s?”

She smiled, turning away with a semblance of shame. “Too long.”

“It doesn’t seem like that bad a job really.”

“You don’t understand.” She said, shaking her head. “Harvey’s Fair … ” She took a deep breath. “Harvey was my grandfather. My dad runs the business now.”


“I’ve worked here all my life.” She said with sombre conviction, staring out into the darkness as they rose up above the city lights on the horizon. The wind picked up and her hair was pulled free of her ear, dancing across her face like animated shadows.

“Breathtaking.” Wayne said.

“Yeah.” She looked out onto the city. “That’s what I love about this, the view is so amazing.”

“I meant you.”

It was her turn to blush. “Oh.”

“I should have come to the circus ages ago. Maybe I could have known you by now.”

“Well, better late then never.” She said, smiling.

He reached out, slowly brushed the hair from her face and leaned in.

Autumn started smiling when she noticed what he was doing. Her smile faded and her lips softened when she felt his breath against them. She closed her eyes, her heart quickened when she felt the sensual warmth of his tongue. Just as she craved for more, he pulled away. Wondering what was the matter, she opened her eyes to find his staring back at her. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing.” He said, his mind glazed and intoxicated by her.

“Then keep kissing me dummy.” she said, as they crested the apex of the Ferris wheel for the first time.

A wind boasting a chilling grasp resided at the top of the city, but even its grip couldn’t break apart these temporary visitors silhouetted in the moonlight. These visitors who came back again and again.

The End

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