Elf Day: Nightcrawler by Francis Manapul
I have the worst headache, so I believe I will be retiring now. Gute Nacht, meine Freunde. It has been a pleasure sharing the evening with you. I hope to do it again soon.
Yeah, I can go back to Cali like once or twice a year, though, more if I can get a job and save up money. At least it isn’t like they’re dead or anything. I’m just whining I guess.
I had no idea! That sounds pretty cool, man, don’t feel bad for blabbering. I like to learn. I basically didn’t know anything about the circus except the obvious. You sound like you really liked growing up in that environment. Did you get to see a lot of the world?
Oh. Well. Yeah. That does explain a lot.
This school is so messed up. I don’t talk to Brian’s Dad that much, and when Brian and I talk it isn’t about his Dad that much. I mean, when it is it’s like, “Man, my Dad did this really dad thing today and it annoyed me” or “when Dad and I were on our way home from Church we saw something” or stuff like that. The whole other dimension thing and the ‘Dad was dead but he isn’t now’ thing is new to me. Basically the weirdest thing that happened while I was growing up was my friend Alan has double-jointed thumbs and he’d use them to gross us out at every opportunity.
It is warranted, I assure you. Missing family and friends is definitely an okay thing to whine about.
I did like it a lot. It is home to me, and it always will be. Honestly, I do not think there could have been a better place for me to grow up. I was surrounded by people who loved me and saw my uniqueness as a positive thing, even something that could benefit me. I was hardly ever shamed for it. Of course, my mother owned the place so if someone so much as thought the word “demon”, they were out. My older brother took care of any other kids who thought they might have fun at my expense, but that did not happen too often. I had many friends and a very happy childhood.
I did get to see a lot of places, but not the big, must-see locations. I did not leave circus grounds, so I saw the countryside mostly. Still, I could see cities and whatnot from the window as we drove from place to place, so I consider myself well-traveled. Our circus was also made up of people from all over the world, but mostly Europe, of course. There, I learned many different languages, tried different foods, and experienced different cultures through the people. I can probably swear in just about any language, but I tend not to.
Was this also something you did not know?
My, what a tame childhood you had! I was surrounded by acrobats, fire-eaters, and contortionists, and you had the one kid who could bend his fingers backwards. Well, so long as you enjoyed your childhood, then there is nothing to complain about, I suppose. Still, if we could ever figure out the inter-dimensional travel thing, I would be happy to take you to my circus and let you experience something a bit more out of the ordinary, though I am guessing you are getting that in heaping portions nowadays, ja?
Like a month and a half, two months? I have a few friends, kind of, I’ve got Brian and Jasmine and Iara, I just didn’t grow up with them so it’s weird, I was really close with my friends at home and I’ve never been so far from them for so long.
You and I have way different priorities, I can say with confidence going to Church wouldn’t be the first thing I’d have done. I didn’t know there were actual kids at circuses, I thought it was just a thing you did when you grew up like any other job.
There’s a Dazzler here too, I actually just met her! She’s pretty big. Not the kind of music I usually do but that’s not really the point. She was nice, she said she thought I was talented, which meant a lot. Still not sure how Mr. LeBeau got ahold of any recordings of me and my friends jamming to show her.
That…sounds horrible. But…I hate to break it to you but Brian’s Dad isn’t dead, I’ve met him. He definitely did not have a robot arm in his chest, I think I would have remembered that.
I don’t mind answering the questions, I just feel like that one I’m not explaining it very well and I’m not sure how else to explain it. It’s like trying to explain to someone what’s different about moving your tail as compared to moving your leg. I mean, I know the difference, I don’t get my tail and my leg mixed up, I assume you know the difference too, but I couldn’t put that into words. It’s just kinesthesia.
Ach, I know the feeling, but trust me, it gets better. You might not stop missing your friends and family, but you will get closer to your new friends and get to the point where you do not wish to be away from them for too long either.
Well, like I said, it was church and eating in a restaurant that I wanted to do most. And to go shopping and pick out my own clothes. That sounded amazing. I found out it was not.
Circus is often a family thing. Many children are born into it and you get multiple generations of circus performers. I have known people whose family were in the circus upwards of ten generations! It is not uncommon for children to begin training to perform and even performing, depending on child labor laws of the area. I, myself, began training at two, started on the trapeze at four, and then had my first show at six, if you do not count the small appearances I made before that. Many times, people do grow up and go to circus school, which I am not sure how beneficial that is, but I suppose it is the only way for most people who were not born into it to get any training. Without that training, anyone who comes to the circus looking to be a performer will end up a roustabout, cook, animal caregiver, or something much less glamorous. New people often are not accepted as readily and experience a culture shock because it is such a family business. Excuse my blabbering. The circus is still something I am very passionate about.
Remy is a thief. That should explain it, nicht wahr?
Oh no, he is most definitely alive now, but he wasn’t. I guess I thought this was common knowledge. I am not sure why, but seeing as how so much of his current life has been wrapped up in the fact that he was dead, I imagined as much. Apparently he is not the first to die and come back in his world.
It is all right. Do not worry about it one bit.
equinoxialparadox hat gesagt: What a wonderful outlook on things. You’re an inspiration to me, Kurt. I hope you know that.
I cannot take credit for it all. God has revealed much to me, but He also gave me a wonderful family and a priest as a mentor to help point these things out to me. But thank you. I am glad I can help. It honestly makes the difficulties I have encountered worthwhile to be able to help another soul.
colossusrasputin hat auf deinen Eintrag geantwortet:Herr Wagner I just wanted to say I admire you a lot and I have learned a lot about being comfortable in my skin from you, so thank you.I am only eighteen and still in high school. Maybe once I start teaching I will go with “Herr Wagner”, but not yet. Professor Rasputin is such a mouthful. Just have your students sing “Ra Ra Rasputin” whenever they want your attention, or at least the chorus. It is still long but much more fun!I know how you feel about the title. “Professor Rasputin” feels too… old person.What do you teach, by the way?
I would rather they call me Piotr. You are much younger than I thought. I am twenty-eight myself.
I am professor of art, as decided by Headmaster Logan. He decided he wanted to be professor of combat instead, and that opened up the position of art professor for me.
Ah. So it is a no on the “Ra Ra Rasputin” then? If you were never the lover of the Russian Queen, I will be sorely disappointed. I get this bit about being younger than expected a lot. I am guessing it is because nearly every other Kurt in the multiverse seems to be old.
It suits you. And him, for that matter. I imagine you as the big, hulking Bob Ross of the school. Please tell me you wear a Bob Ross wig and paint happy little trees while you teach, otherwise, you will disappoint me yet again.
Pardon me. I am in a silly sort of mood tonight. Perhaps it was the chocolate milk I drank earlier…
There, there. Do not fret about it. I took no offense to it. How very German of you to assume the formal way of addressing a stranger. English is very lacking in a formal “you”, so one must actually use titles to convey formality. It is quite all right, my anonymous friend.
I am only eighteen and still in high school. Maybe once I start teaching I will go with “Herr Wagner”, but not yet. Professor Rasputin is such a mouthful. Just have your students sing “Ra Ra Rasputin” whenever they want your attention, or at least the chorus. It is still long but much more fun!I know how you feel about the title. “Professor Rasputin” feels too… old person.
Danke! I am so very glad I could help!
Also, I still feel much too young to be Herr Wagner. I would say that that is my father, as the line goes, but this is not the case. Anyway, you may simply call me Kurt.
therealnightcrawler replied to your post:It’s a bit cliche, but cursed into a mythical animal? Elf, no doubt.You know, Reighann has always believed I am cursed and that my parents were, hence why we all look the way we do, and are being punished for our ancestors’ sins.
I hate to say it, but that’s awfully judgmental of her.
It is a challenge, perhaps, a call to rise above the troubles of a life set on ‘hard’ mode, but not a curse, honestly.
I thought so at first and was a bit offended, but then I found out that she truly believes her abilities to be a curse as well. Her family even has a very lengthy story about a raven and Chosen Daughter who would have eyes black as the raven and would never be forced to submit to anyone else’s authority ever again. Her name, coincidentally, means Raven in Cherokee. Well, her Cherokee name does. Reighann was apparently the product of a few family names squashed together and a love for the song “Reighannon” by some band which I do not remember. I would have to ask her.