The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:
Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn
As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign lights up:
Le Cirque des Rêves The Circus of Dreams
The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.
Now the circus is open Now you may enter
BACKSTORY: Read an interview with Erin Morgenstern about how she invented her circus
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as 'fairy tales in one way or another'. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. www.erinmorgenstern.com Facebook.com/thenightcircus www.nightcircus.co.uk
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