Energy never dies.
This story is just one of the dark tales featured in West’s critically-acclaimed collection, WHAT PRICE GORY. Put on a Happy Face is part of the Single Shot Short Story series which adds exclusive story notes and bonus content that you can only find in the Single Shot Story Series.
Susie Monroe woke one night to see a ghostly figure in her bedroom. She thought it was the boogyman, but was relieved to find out it was just her older brother, Billy, wearing a rubber clown mask. Billy explained to her that their house wasn’t safe anymore, and she left with him to start a new life, in a new house deep in the woods.
Billy always wore masks now. He had a lot of them, but her favorite was his happy face. She knew that it meant that everything was okay. He had a sad face, a mad face, a confused face, and even a panic face. But the one that she dreaded the most was the scary face – she had only seen it once, but it scared her more than anything she could remember.
Susie knows that her brother loves her, and he would never lie to her. He just be pretends when he explains things like the red stain on her favorite book, and where the stranger who knocked on their door went.