This story just sold to the next edition of Emerald Tales! It was written specifically for the Carnivale theme, and an offbeat interpretation of said theme, so I'm doubly pleased ... I was a bit concerned that I would be told I was reaching. But it was one of those weird quasi-dream inspiration things ... I had probably my worst bout of insomnia in 2-3 years, and the idea fully formed in my head while I was trying to knock myself back out.