Before he’d even opened his eyes, James could tell it had been snowing. As he rolled out of bed to put on his slippers he noticed an envelope on his bedside table. He recognised his little sister’s handwriting immediately. “Don’t open in front of Mum and Dad!” the envelope said. He checked to make sure no one was coming before opening it up. His eyes widened as he read…
YOU HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE SECRET CIRCUS!
The world famous travelling secret circus of the golden circle has come to our house for a special Christmas performance! The jumping clowns, the daring trapeze artists, the beautiful ballerinas and even mighty Felix the Tiger will be all in your bedroom tonight to delight!
He peered out the door into the hall and crept along to his sister's room. He passed the huge bay window and stared out at the frosty fields. A snow day AND a circus, he thought, this is awesome.
James knocked on his sister's door and was surprised to see she was still asleep.
"Hey, Laura!" he hissed "Laura, wake up! I got your note!"
Laura blinked her eyes in a daze. "My note?" she puzzled. "Oh wow it's been snowing.."
"Yes, the note about the circus! You told me not to tell Mum and Dad? Come on, don't play games!"
Laura stared outside, mesmerised by the snow. "James" she said, sleepily "I'm serious. I didn't write you a note, I don't know what you're talking about" ...
They snuck out, back along the panelled hall, watching out for the creaky floorboards, and into James' bedroom.
As they entered the room, they could not believe what sight was before them!
Whilst Felix the tiger had been returned to the wild, where he belonged, the rest of the circus had arrived!