~*~*~* 2 hours later
"So what are we doing first?" Ami asked. She walked over to a group of seven that Georgio had told her to go to. They were all pretty much milling around and not doing anything.
"You're one of the new girls?" asked an extremely tall man with a bald head, a mustache and a lot of tattoos.
"yes, I'm Ami," She told him.
"I'm Ink," He held out a hand and she shook it, "These are Bandit," A tall skinny guy with a patch over one eye smiled at her, "Ivy," a girl with brown hair that hung straight to her shoulder blades and had blue eyes, "Bambi," a girl with honey colored hair and big hazel eyes nodded, "Chunk," A guy with a piece of his nose missing and a long scar reaching from the tip of his chin to the corner of his eye, "Bongo," A short guy with a black crew cut and dark brown eyes that twinkled with mischief, "And Hawk," A tall man that had long blonde hair in a ponytail that hung a little past his shoulder blades shook her hands.
"Welcome to the clown posse," Bambi told her with another smile.
"Thanks, Is this all of us?" Ami asked.
"No, there's one more, he's pretty quiet," Bongo told her.
"Who?" She asked.
"Silencer, over there by his sister," Ivy told her, pointing.
"Why isn't he over here?" She asked.
"he's probably going to practice with Catherine for a little bit," Ink told her. She nodded.
"That was some pretty impressive work with the arrows," Hawk told her.
"Either Minako or I are always the first out," She said ruefully.
"I was here early and was watching for a bit, You lasted about twenty minutes, and considering that your shooting arrows every five to ten seconds, I'd say you're good," Bandit told her with a chuckle.
"Not many people can do it," Chunk agreed.
"The others are a lot better than I am," She told them.
"Did you guys plan that thing with shooting at the younger girl from behind?" Bambi asked.
"No," Ami answered.
"how'd she know it was there?" Chunk asked.
"eye movements," Ami said with a smile.
"wow, talk about paying attention," Bongo said with a whistle.
"yeah," Ink agreed.
"When you've been working together for years, you kind of get used to watching every nuance of the other persons body motions," Ami told them.
"What's the story with bowler girl?" Hawk asked suddenly. Ami turned to look around.
"Who's bowler girl?" She asked.
"The one with the bowler hat on," He reiterated. A sad look crossed Ami's face and quickly disappeared.
"What do you mean?" Ami asked.
"She's all quiet and she aint talking to nobody but Lady and the other newbie's," Ink supplied.
"She's a quiet person, when do we practice?" She abruptly changed the subject. The others left it alone for now. All of them had a past, some good, some bad. The thing was, you started to feel like a family after a while, and they all knew each others past's. Except for Silencer, but he didn't really talk to anyone. They wanted to help the girls, but they weren't sure how.
"Later, first you need a name doll face," Ivy told her with a smile.
"good idea," Ink agreed.
"Like what?" Ami asked.
"I dunno, first show aint fer three weeks, by that time you'll have earned a name, unless you already have a nick name," Bongo told her.
"Other than Ames I don't have a nick name. And what do you mean earn it?" Ami asked.
"We will choose your name, don't worry your pretty little head," Bandit answered. She raised an eyebrow.
"Alright then," She agreed.
"Hi, I'm Minako, Georgio told me to come over here with you guys," She smiled at the people in the group.
"I'm Crackle," a woman told her. She had long brown hair in a ponytail at the base of her neck and it hung to her waist.
"I'm Badger, What do you need?" Asked a man that was about 6'6" and wiry. He had messy blonde hair and brown eyes. She blinked at his hard tone and took an automatic step back. Everyone else was stretching and stuff. These two had stopped to talk to her. Crackle seemed to notice the movement.
"Don't worry dear, he's like that to everyone," She told the blonde nicely. Minako eyed him warily and stepped back up so as to not seem scared.
"Well?" Badger asked impatiently.
"I'm a tight rope walker," Minako said quietly.
"Welcome to the group," Crackle said warmly. Minako gave her a dazzling smile.
"Stretch, now," Badger barked at her. She jumped back a step, a look of fear crossing her face. He wasn't even looking at her. Her bottom lip quivered. He was a big man, and he was angry.
"Minako?" Makoto called from across the tent. The brunette stopped what she was doing and came over to Minako.
"What's the matter with you, stretch," Badger yelled. Crackle smacked him upside the head.
"She's scared of you, you nitwit," She told him. Makoto grabbed Minako's arm and pulled her towards her while glaring at the man. The people that had been stretching were now watching curiously.
"What's the matter with you?" Makoto asked him. Minako took a few deep breaths to steady herself and laughed slightly.
"It's my fault, I'm being stupid," She told her friend. Makoto glanced down at her and frowned slightly.
"Don't worry dear, I'll keep this hunk of meat in line," Crackle told Makoto.
"Alright," Makoto nodded and gave Badger a death glare that rivaled Heero's.
"Come now, we'll do introductions while we stretch," Crackle told Minako. She led Minako to a place in the circle so she was between Crackle and another girl. "Minako, why don't you start, and we'll go around the circle,"
"I'm Minako. My friends and I signed on yesterday afternoon," She told them.
"I'm Autumn," She said with a smile. The girl had amber colored hair that was in a ponytail that came to her shoulders.
"I'm Spring, Autumn's little sister," Said a girl with light green colored hair and big blue eyes.
"I'm Summer, Springs twin, don't worry about mixing us up," said a girl that was identical to Spring, only her hair was in a french braid.
"I'm Limbo," said a man that was only a couple inches taller than Minako. He had messy red hair and gray eyes.
"I'm Flip," said a guy with dark brown hair and black eyes.
"I'm Sky," said the girl. She had black hair and green eyes.
"The name's Sniff, pleased to meet you," said another man. He was thin and wiry with long curly black hair that was in a ponytail that hung midway down his back.
"I'm Burgundy," Said a girl with deep Burgundy hair and dark gray eyes.
"Star," A girl said with a smile and nod. She had dirty blond hair down to her shoulders and green eyes.
"I'm Snoopy," said another boy. He had brown hair that was cut really short and hazel eyes.
"Now that the intro's are done, let's practice," Badger said authoritatively.
"Minako, why don't you head on up to the rope and show us what you've got," Crackle told her.
"Alright," Minako climbed up the ladder to the rope and took a deep breath. Way up here, where no one else was, she knew she would be safe no matter what. It was her and the rope, nothing else mattered. She smiled as she stepped onto the rope. She had had years of dance and gymnastics lessons from when she was six to when she was twelve and she had discovered she was Sailor Venus. When she stood about three feet out onto the rope, she started the routine she had been doing for the past two weeks. lifted one leg off the rope and held her foot above her head. She then let go of her foot and put it back on the rope. She quickly did a cartwheel on the rope, and then started to 'swing' her legs while walking forward. Swinging her legs meant that she was putting one leg out directly to her side and bringing it back to her side and as soon as the foot that had just 'swung' was back on the rope, she did it to the other foot. She did this for a few minutes, and then did a few more flips and pirouettes and a hand stand. She stopped in the middle of the rope, took a bow, and calmly walked off the rope. She climbed down the ladder a little out of breath and smiled at the people around her.
"That was fantastic," Spring enthused.
"Oh my, you are definitely going to have to do that at the next show," Crackle said with a smile on her face.
"That would be great," she walked around in a circle for a minute to let her breathing and muscles relax a bit and smiled at everyone.
With Rei and Hotaru
"Where do we go?" Hotaru asked as she watched her friends go off in different directions.
"We don't exactly have a lot of partners and stuff," Rei agreed.
"You two are looped in the dangerous stuff. you'll have to see Fish for that, he's over there" He pointed to a trio of people off in one corner. "The thing is, He's a bit of an odd ball. he's an absolute genius when it comes to making the audience sit on the edge of their seats, but sometimes he wants to do things that are damn near impossible, I think that Your just the kind of Quacks that would get along with that crazy son of a bitch, Fish" The girls grinned.
"No problem," Hotaru answered.
"It should be fun," Rei agreed.
"Edge of the seats huh?" Hotaru asked. Georgio looked at them warily.
"We can do better than that," Rei agreed.
"We'll make them jump off their seats in terror," Hotaru finished.
"Uh oh, I'm staring to think you two and Fish may not be so good for each other," Georgio said with a groan.
"See you later," Rei called as the two walked over to Fish and the other two.
"Hello, are you Fish?" Rei asked as she got to the little group.
"that would be me," A man told them. He had a dark gray ponytail that went past his waist, a goatee, and big brown eyes.
"We were sent here because, and I quote, 'Your just the kind of Quacks that would get along with that crazy son of a bitch, Fish'," Hotaru told him. He laughed.
"Georgio always did think I belonged on a funny farm," Fish said with a laugh.
"Yeah, well, people say that about all of us all the time," Rei answered, "Especially Hotaru. You'd think she was fearless," Rei shuddered delicately.
"Bite me Rei, Who are you two?" Hotaru asked turning to the others. She recognized one as the Lion trainer.
"I'm Catherine, and this is my brother Trowa," the girl said. She had curly auburn hair. She smiled.
"I'm hotaru, this is Rei," Hotaru said in introduction.
"I saw your little arrow trick this morning," Fish said with a raised eyebrow.
"We were just messing around," Rei told him.
"How long did it take you to practice getting shot at from behind?" he asked Hotaru.
"We don't," Hotaru told him.
"Then how'd you know to catch it?" Catherine asked.
"Eye movements," Hotaru answered.
"ah ha," Fish crowed, "Finally people who know how to do things properly," He smiled at them.
"Are you picking on me again?" Catherine asked with mack hurt in her eyes.
"Of course," he answered immediately.
"Crazy old man," she said.
"pretty young girl," he retorted.
"Well, with that answer you are off the hook for now," Catherine told him.
"yippee," He answered.
"What is it you do exactly?" Rei asked Fish.
"I rope people into doing things no one else in their right minds would want to do," He answered.
"Sounds like fun, rope me in anytime," Hotaru told him.
"I think I love you," Fish told Hotaru.
"Gee, I'm touched," She told him drily.
"ignore him," Catherine said.
"Ignore her," Rei said at the same time. They looked at each other and laughed.
"You're rather quiet," Hotaru observed.
". . ." Trowa answered.
"Hn," Hotaru told him.
". . . Hn," He remarked.
"whatever floats you boat," Hotaru said, turning to the other three.
"Who knew, she speaks Silencer," Fish remarked.
"What do you want us to do first?" Rei asked.
"You aren't going by your real names, here we use alias' we don't like trouble in any way," Fish told them.
"Uh . . . " Rei bit her lip.
"What are your acts?" Catherine asked.
"Fire hoops, and stuff," Rei answered.
"Anything to make the audience hold their breath in Terror," Hotaru said.
"Pyro and Panic," Trowa said.
"It speaks," Fish said in good humor.
"They fit more than you will ever know," Hotaru said with a smirk. He looked her straight in the eyes and raised an brow.
"Let's see your hoop act," Fish told Rei.
"Alright, I've already done it once, but what the hay," Rei said. She walked over to grab the hoops and grabbed a bottle of something else as well. She came over and handed the hoops to Hotaru and shook up the bottle in her hands. Hotaru put the end of the hoop In the ground and moved to put another one in (AN- the hoops are actually more like a short 'P' so that people can hold them, or they can be put in the ground.) She was putting them up randomly, and Rei was following behind her and pouring the liquid into a little hole in the top of the hoops. When she was done, she handed something to Hotaru and they both went around lighting the hoops on fire.
"This should be interesting," Catherine commented.
"I'm glad Georgio found them," Fish agreed. Rei stood in the middle of the rings and smiled as she watched Hotaru move out of the way. Michiru came from nowhere with a bucket of water and set it down next to Hotaru before moving away again. Rei pulled out a hair band and put her hair up. Hotaru watched as Rei went through the rings without getting so much as singed. Not the she had expected anything different. Even if the flames had touched Rei, they wouldn't have burned her skin. Not as the Senshi if Fire.
"Alright, time for me to stop showing off," Rei said with a grin fifteen minutes later. She wasn't even sweating.
"Yup, most definitely," Hotaru said with a grin. She went over to the hoops and put something in the holes on the top and soon the flames were gone.
"I've got a new act that I wanted to do, but I wasn't sure if anyone was crazy enough to pull the stunt," Fish told them.
"Spill it to them while trowa and I practice," Catherine said. Trowa moved a board to the middle of the thing and leaned against it, his eyes closed. His sister started to play with her knives before throwing them. She threw each one so that they landed about three inches from each part of his skin. He yawned once on accident and got a smile from his sister.
With Makoto and Usagi
"So, you are the animal trainers?" Makoto asked as she walked over to the group.
"That would be us," girl said. She had short spiky blonde hair, "I'm Dish," she held out a hand to the two girls.
"I'm Usagi, This is Makoto," She said with a smile.
"These are Hoof, Dawn, Sandy, Keg, and Candy Man," Dish told them. Hoof was lean and had a hat on so that you couldn't see his hair and his eyes were shadowed. Dawn had orange hair in a braid that hung to her knee's, Keg had messy dirty blonde hair, a beard, and gray eyes. Candy man had amber colored hair and brown eyes.
"What can we do for you?" Sandy asked affably.
"We were wondering if we could," Usagi was interrupted by Makoto yelling Minako's name.
"Excuse me," Makoto said, she took off to Minako. Usagi watched for a moment and then turned back to those in front of her.
"Alright, then. we were told that we had to talk to you if we wanted to do a routine with any of the animals," She told them.
"That would be correct," Keg agreed.
"Horses, elephants, or Lions?" Dawn asked.
"Uh, I was thinking Horses or Elephants," Usagi said.
"What kind of routine?" Hoof asked.
"dance and a bit of gymnastics," Usagi answered.
"Elephants," Candy Man told her.
"alright," She answered. Makoto came back, "everything alright?" She asked.
"Yeah, Some big guy was yelling and acting gruff, and , well, you know how Minako is now," Makoto said with a frown. Usagi nodded.
"Alright then, You'll get to meet the elephants in a moment,' Hoof said. He and the others took them to another large tent where the Elephants were kept.
"Alright, We have ten Elephants, four of which have partners," Dish told them.
"So we can't use those four," Usagi said with a nod.
"They are the four easiest to handle," Dawn said with a smile.
"No problem," Makoto said. She and Usagi looked the animals over and walked up to each one, talking to it and rubbing there trunks. The Elephants seemed to like them.
"Can I try it with this one?" Usagi asked as she petted one of the Elephants' trunks.
"Titanium," Dish said with smile.
"And this one," Makoto said.
"Are you sure? He's a bit of a prick most of the time," Dawn told her.
"That's Ok, what's his name?" Makoto asked.
"Crabby," answered Keg.
Damia - "The only reason I haven't posted these chapters is that I'm horrible and I didn't think anyone liked this Story. Tenshi-Hotaru helped me see the error of my ways. If any of you have suggestions, feel free to tell me. I actually implement quite a few of them,"