“Jake! Jake!” yelled Midge as she raced into the yard and up the steps to the front porch at Jake's house. “Hey, where are you?”
Midge stood on the porch in front of the door and looked around and did not see Jake. She raced down the steps and around the corner of the house on her way to the back yard. As she hurried around the corner, she ran right into Jake who was coming the other direction.
“Hey Midge!” screamed Jake. “Slow down! We have plenty of time before the circus starts.”
“We still have to go get Booker-T,” said Midge.
“No you don't,” said Booker-T as he came around the corner behind Jake. “I'm here. I was here an hour ago. I'm excited and want to see the show.”
“Lets go,” said Midge and she turned to run toward the front gate.
“Slow down Midge,” said Jake. “We will get there in plenty of time to see the show. We don't want to get there too early and have someone see us sneaking in under the tent.”
“Okay Jake,” said Midge. “But I don't want to miss any of the show this time.”
The three friends started up the sidewalk to the park. Out of the trees came Gabby swooping down above them. “Where are you three going?” asked Gabby. “As if I didn't know.”
“Ha ha Gabby,” said Jake. “You know we are going to see the circus tonight. You know Midge always has to get there early.”
“I know it,” said Gabby. “I don't think anything could slow her down.”
“Ha ha,” said Midge. “You enjoy the shows too Gabby, but you can sit above the people and watch it. We have to sneak in under the tent.”
“It's okay Midge,” said Gabby. “I'm only teasing you. I like to see the show too. It is fun.”
“Well, lets hurry,” said Midge as she took off for the park with the others following behind.
They arrived at the tents and Jake found a spot where they could sneak under and get under the bleachers and no one was there to see them slip under the bottom of the tent. Gabby went around and flew into the tent unnoticed through the front entrance. Jake, Booker-T and Midge crawled under the tent and found a good spot under the bleachers where they could see the big ring in the center of the tent.
“Wow!” said Booker-T. “This is amazing!”
“It is a lot amazing when you see all the tricks that the people and the animals do,” said Midge.
“Look over there Midge,” said Jake. “They are putting up the big cage for the tigers.”
“They must be the first ones to come on tonight,” said Midge.
“Who are those funny looking people over there Jake?” asked Booker-T.
“Those are the clowns,” said Jake. “I like the clowns. They are funny to watch.”
“You will like them,” said Midge.
After the tiger cage was finished, a big man in a bright red jacket and black pants entered the ring in front of the big cage. He carried a whip and was wearing white gloves. In a loud voice, he said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages...”
“Wow!” said Booker-T. “Who is that?”
“He is the ringmaster,” said Midge. “He tells about the acts that are going to do tricks.”
The ringmaster continued, “Direct your attention to the center of the ring and you will see the most dangerous animals here tonight. Be prepared to be amazed at their spectacular feats.”
“This is exciting,” said Booker-T as he sat under the bleachers and watched what was going on in the center of the tent.
The three friends watched the performers doing their tricks one after the other as the big man in the bright colored coat announced each act. They enjoyed the popcorn and hot dogs that the people dropped beneath the bleachers. Booker-T was excited each time a new act appeared in the center ring. “This is so much fun! I'm glad you brought me to see the circus.”
“I'm glad you like it,” said Midge. “We will go again next year when it comes to town. Sometimes they have new acts when they come. It is fun to watch them.”
“The clowns were funny,” said Booker-T as the three crawled under the edge of the tent to the outside and started across the park for home.
“They are funny,” said Jake.
The three friends hurried home after their fun time at the circus and agreed that they will once again go when the circus is in town.