I stood there upon the threshold of a rather strange tent. It looked as if it were a circus tent but not like any I had seen before. It was red and black and topped with five peeks. The center peak was adorned with a flag made of gold and silver stripped cloth. I stood there looking up watching the flag gently wave in the breeze which was uncomfortably chilled. Not cold as in a winter cold, but chilled as in when you are in the presence of something unknown. Looking to the entrance which was closed at the time, I walked up to the tent, wondering for what felt like the hundredth time how I had gotten there.
I came to the tent entrance and stood there for a moment. Should I leave this place? Just as I asked myself that question I heard someone to my right. "To enter or not to enter, that is the question. Though you will have quite the hard time finding your way back my lady!" I looked over and found a man standing up on a podium dressed in an entirely black suit with silver sequins on it. The sequins sparkled on the black material as if they were stars in the night sky. The man wore a matching top hat that covered his eyes and carried with him a cane black in color with a curved silver handle. The man continued to stand upon his podium with a smile on his face. "Excuse me sir but where are we?" The man whose smile grew slightly bigger approached me at the edge of his podium, his eyes still hidden by his top hat. "Where in deed my lady!" he said as he bent down at the waist. I took a step back as his eyes were revealed to me. The man had crimson eyes; he stood there and smiled as I looked on in shock.
I heard his soft laugh as he straightened himself. I approached the podium and asked the man "Please sir, I want to go home. Could you please tell me how to leave?" The man looked back down at me and asked "Is that truly your wish my lady?" I looked at him and said "Of course it is! I'm lost, I have no recollection of coming here, and I have no idea where here is!" The man then laughed again, a low laugh that made me shiver. "May I ask what it is you're afraid of, my lady?" I looked at him somewhat shocked by the man's question. I thought to myself for a moment and realized that I didn't know what it was that I feared. I was even more amazed to find that I wasn't entirely sure that I felt any fear at all! Yes I was lost, yes I was with a man I didn't know, and yes I have no memory of how I got there. The man smiled again as he watched me try to figure out what it was I feared. I looked back to him and said "I don't know! I should be afraid of being lost and with a stranger in a strange place but yet I'm not!" The man backed from the edge of his podium, bowed again at the waist and said "Well then my lady! Allow me to assist you in discovering what it is you fear most in this life!"
As the man stepped back I heard circus music begin to play from somewhere. I stood there in front of his podium looking all round me trying to locate the source of the music when the man began to speak again. With his smile ever present on his face the man said "Come one come all to the greatest show of all!" I looked up at the man and took in his features as he stood upon his podium. His hair was of a dark crimson similar to his eyes, cut to his shoulders and layered neatly. His face was delicate but masculine at the same time. His skin was pale and like porcelain, perfect without a blemish in sight. He wasn't very tall perhaps two inches taller to my five foot two height. His build was not excessive but he was fit.
"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls in this show you will experience a range of human emotion. From happiness and laughter to sorrow and fear! There will be magic, humor, and death defying acts! Laugh with us as our jester entertains you with his antics! Be amazed as our magician dazzles you with tricks! Watch as our animal tamer tames the wild beasts!" This man had a knack for entertainment it seemed. "Cringe as our knife thrower attempts to not sever the arteries of his assistant!" You couldn't help but be drawn in by his words. "And watch as our flying trapeze man sores a hundred and thirty feet in the air!" I looked around realizing that I was now surrounded by other people, but when I caught a glimpse of one person's face I realized there was nothing there. No eyes, no mouth, no nose-nothing! The man on the podium watched me as I took this in. I looked back to him confused but not frightened. "And now ladies and gentlemen, I the Ringleader wish to welcome you to The Suicide Circus!" he said in a voice full with the promise of danger.