Patty immediately pictured the only Mily that worked for Kaleidoscope. She was a lithe brunette with pointed, but cute, features. Mily was a member of the circus’s acrobat troop. For a brief second, Patty considered what Leroy, Mily’s mustachioed and muscular husband, would think about her nocturnal activities with Cassidy. Her thoughts of the acrobatic couple’s relationship’s stability quickly gave way to scorn over her cousin’s stupidity.
“Alison! How many times have I told you to stay away from him?” Patty lectured, shaking her finger like an old school teacher. “You could have some disease now…and besides he’s way too old for you!”
Alison stared at her cousin. Her teary eyes filled with hurt and anger.
“Thanks Patty! That’s really what I need to hear right now. So much for thinking you’d understand.” And with that Alison stood and stormed out of Patty’s trailer, slamming the door behind her.
Patty tried to follow.
“Wait!” Patty cried.
Alison could speed walk better than anyone in the circus and soon left Patty in her dust. She disappeared into the darkness.
Flustered, but still angry, Patty decided to make sure someone else was woken up at this godforsaken hour. She quickly stomped her way over to Cassidy’s trailer.
After banging loudly on the door and yelling “Cassidy” for several minutes, the Scotsman staggered to the door half-dressed, a half empty beer in one hand. Behind him in the dim light, Mily stood with a sheet wrapped around her body.
He simply stood in the doorway and said, “Yea?”
“Have you been sleeping with my cousin?” Patty said, cutting right to the point.
“Yea,” was all Cassidy said, then finished his beer in one large gulp.
Patty’s temper flared at the nonchalant response. She let him have it at full force.
“Yea? What do you mean, yea? That girl is 15 years old and she thought you were in love with her. She’s not even of legal age. Do you know what that means?” Patty screamed.
Cassidy was unimpressed with the verbal barrage.
“Listen lady. Just ‘cause she ain’t legal, don’ me she isn’a old enough te know what she was doin’. She came to me and knew exactly what she wanted. If’n she wants to be gettin’ around like an adult, I’m thinkin’ it’s time she learned what that means,” the Scotsman countered.
“You’re a filthy pig!” yelled Patty.
“Oh, well excuse me little Miss High An’ Ever Mighty,” Cassidy shouted back. “Just cause yer the manager of this here circus, doesn’a mean yer the manager o’ everyone’s business. Why don’ you manage to get yer own love life and stay outin’ mine,” Cassidy fired back through a haze of anger and drunkenness. “If’n you have a problem, why don’ you manage to phone the coppers? Although that would be bad for business, seein’ as how that’s sure te end up in the local papers an all.”
Patty stood dumbfounded, not sure what to say first. Before she could decide, Cassidy slammed his trailer door in her face, leaving her standing there in the dark for a long silent moment, not sure of what to do.
She soon decided to return to her trailer, and although she climbed back into her bed, she didn’t sleep a wink for the rest of the night.
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