Sad Clown (1)
Jimmy was going to be the clown. He had a smile wider than the gap between his teeth, but his sister said everyone would laugh.
“They’re supposed to laugh,” said Jimmy.
“Yes, but they’ll laugh because you look silly.”
And his smile faded.
“Oh dear,” said the make-up lady when she saw Jimmy. “If you’re going to look so sad young man, we’ll have to make you into a crying clown. Just don’t shed any real tears, or the make-up will run.”
Jimmy remembered her advice. Looking sad’s okay, but you have to pretend it’s pretend.