Page 1 is laid out like an old-fashioned poster, with a lot of different decorative fonts. It says:
COME TO THE CIRCUS ANDROMEDA!
CHAINED TO HER ROCK
Performing nightly at seven o'clock
COME ONE AND COME ALL
BE SURE NOT TO MISS US
FOUR NIGHTS IN THE FALL
The comic starts here. Each page is laid out identically, with four panels that each take up one quarter of the page space. The art is simple line drawings colored with very bright, flat colors.
Panel 1: There i a little girl in a yellow rain slicker walking by a circus tent. A poster for the Circus Andromeda is on the grass.
There is a sound: AHHHHHHHHH which grows in size and leads into the next panel.
Panel 2: The little girl puts up her hand-- which is bright orange and looks either like a lobster claw or a very odd mitten. There is a basket with a blue blanket and something turquoise pointing out of it. The noise is coming from the basket.
Panel 3: The little girl picks up the basket and pushes away the blanket: there is a baby inside!
Panel 4: The little girl is now changed into a pale pink dress, and her back is to us as she holds the baby and knocks on a wooden door decorated with a gold star. Her hand is more evidently a lobster claw at this point. The door says "HUMPHREY BABCOCK" in decorative lettering.
Panel 5: A young woman holds a stack of bills in her hand.
Woman: I've got three hundred dollars here. I've only got six more months to go.
Panel 6: A man with a ruddy face, gaudily dressed in a purple and orange suit, with a purple and orange bowler, and messy stubble. He's holding his hand up, looking confused.
Man: Six months...plus interest, of course, Miss Cazares.
Panel 7: Miss Cazares puts her hands on her hips, looking annoyed.
Miss Cazares: Interest? You have the GALL to make me run your scams, and now you want INTEREST?
Panel 8: Miss Cazares holds her hand out.
Miss Cazares: You're making far more money off me than you pay me. If you only took on a clairvoyant so you could hoodwink your audience...
Sound: KNOCK KNOCK
Panel 9: The man in the suit opens the door, from which we can presume that he's Mr. Babcock. The little girl, holding a blanketed bundle, is in the doorway.
Mr. Babcock: Langoustine? What do you have there?
Panel 10: Langoustine holds up the baby (awkwardly, due to her lobster claws)-- who has a normal human top half...and a bright turquoise fish tail for its bottom half!
Panel 11: Mr. Babcock looks perplexed. Langoustine is still holding up the baby.
Mr. Babcock: Where in tarnation did you get that?
Panel 12: Mr. Babcock crosses his arms, while Miss Cazares looks on.
Mr. Babcock: Well, we can't KEEP it.
Miss Cazares: Why not?
Panel 13: Mr. Babcock holds his hands up.
Mr. Babcock: Just LOOK at it!
Panel 14: Langoustine holds the baby to herself, protectively, and looks annoyed.
Langoustine: Mister Babcock, it's a LITTLE BABY!
Panel 15: Mr. Babcock puts his hands on his hips.
Mr. Babcock: Precisely! He can't make a wage for at least seven years. Who's going to pay his way till then? I'm not! Better to--
Panel 16: Miss Cazares crosses her arms, putting her hand out in a "cut it out" gesture.
Miss Cazares: I will.
Panel 17: Mister Babcock crosses his arms, and looks extremely satisfied by this pronouncement.
Mister Babcock: For SEVEN years?
Panel 18: Miss Cazares' expression changes to one of thinly concealed anger. Her hands drop to her sides. She says nothing.
Panel 19: Closeup of Miss Cazares' face: she is looking down, obviously distressed.
Panel 20: Another closeup of Miss Cazares' face: she looks defeated.
Miss Cazares: Yes.
This entry was written for therealljidol Week 11: Run, Don't Walk