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Carousel of Lives

Jon Lasser lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two children. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Kaleidotrope, Underland Arcana, Little Blue Marble, and elsewhere. Jon is also a graduate of the Clarion West writer's workshop. Find him on the Web at twoideas.org and on Twitter @disappearinjon.

The best part of working for the circus is free carousel rides.
Each horse bears her into another life. On the black mustang, she works as a marketing executive, whatever that is, in a glittering city of spires. On the roan, she lives by her wits the alleys of that same city. In the pumpkin carriage, everything goes black until she comes back into herself. Maybe she's dead in that one, or maybe she never was born.
She descends from the spinning platform on the backs of two strong men, who place her gently inside the mermaid tank, tail first.
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This story was first published on Thursday, September 15th, 2022
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