Three Line Tales : Miss Salome’s world stops spinning


three line tales week 84: glamping

photo by Niv Rozenberg via Unsplash


Miss Salome was nervous of her new home at Lombardi’s World of Physical Wonders.

She was used to the contented cluck of the hens, the rhythms of a farmhouse bound by sunrise and seasons. But Lombardi’s was a like a city, all noise and bustle under canvas and always a new face – Atarah the alligator woman, Sherman the dogfaced boy, the half and half Charlie, Abdu who they called the leopard skin boy … too many to remember.

She had once lived rooted to the earth, now the soil beneath her was forever changing from red to brown to grey, back to red with the rumble of cartwheels.

Then one day she saw him, a man in miniature, so small and perfect he could be cast from porcelain. He sat on the top step of the neighbouring caravan, hands resting on his knees, watching her.

‘Welcome to the neighbourhood,’ he said smiling and for once she was pleased of her beard, pleased it hid the flush of pleasure that rogued her cheeks.


Written for Sonya at Only 100 Words’ Three Line Tales. See the pic … and you know the rest. Go here to read the other stories.

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13 thoughts on “Three Line Tales : Miss Salome’s world stops spinning

    1. Thanks so much! Not sure why I imgined a bearded lady falling in love with a fellow freakshow performer, but she was one of the first things that sprung to mind. Love amid what others might think of as the strange. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  1. Lovely little tale, Lynn. Very skilfully written. You make us wonder about her life before the circus and her life ahead with the little man featuring in it. And what a lovely description of the little man!

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    1. Ah, thank you Penny. I had Warwick Davis in mind for the little man – he has such a cracking smile! I wanted it to feel romantic, as if ‘Ms Salome’, though feeling a little adrift might actually have found her true home at last. Thanks so much for reading 🙂


  2. What a colorful new world you portray that she’s entered, and I love the twist at the end. The title is great too, defying expectations that joining the circus would be the beginning of the spinning . I recently read the three Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children books, so I was especially primed for this story!


  3. I was drawn into this story by the warm writing style, the full immersion into the characters thoughts and her sense of change. There was a lovely surprise at the end and my realisation that Miss Salome fits in perfectly at Lombardi’s. An enjoyable short fiction – nice.

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