Proven Innocent


The cops had everything about the kidnapping of Joey wrong. Their prime suspect, Scooter the Clown was a well known children’s entertainer in town. He performed at parties, like Joey’s all the time.

At the precinct I am an insignificant ant flailing for the attention of titans. Finally, a cop turns to me and says, “Are you lost little boy?” On cue, my silence held no longer.

“The balloons with the ransom note, they were filled with helium right?” I asked. “Scooter never had a helium tank there that day. He blew everything up by hand. Check his truck and you will see I am telling the truth.”

The officer smiled and left, only to return 10 minutes later ghost stricken. He got down on his knees and rattled “I don’t know how we missed that kid, but you just did that clown a service. ”
I beamed as I walked home, knowing my hero was safe not ever dreaming he would thank me in person. When I saw him a block from home my jaw dropped.

“Someone’s been a good little detective. I have a special badge for you,” Scooter said.
He reached into his pocket, grabbed a balloon in the shape of a badge and then blew it up in front of me. As soon as I held it’s light floating form, my heart froze.

Without another word, he turned around and started dancing down the street. Pausing only occasionally to put a balloon to his lips, tie it and then release it into the air. As each one drifted into the sky I realized just how wrong all of us were about Scooter.

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16 Comments on 'Proven Innocent'

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  • Commented on July 19, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I love how this story creates a horrifying effect with such few words. Creating a strong impression in a short work requires skilled writing and creativity. Good job!

  • Commented on August 4, 2015 at 8:36 am

    we all float down here

  • Commented on July 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Pretty Good Story

  • Commented on July 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    i hate clowns they creep me out xD

  • Commented on July 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Quite creepy and a good twist at the end. Pretty good.

  • girllllllllllllwithanapple
    Commented on July 31, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I really like how this story is because it gives you that creepy vibe. When it doesn’t tell you anything else I was pretty sad, but it was nice.

  • Commented on July 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Really like this pasta. It’s creepy.

  • Commented on October 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    So he was blowing helium into the balloon and he was the one hat kidnapped him?

  • Commented on October 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I’m absolutely TERRIFIED of clowns!!!!

  • Commented on June 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    At first I thought it was gonna be like Pogo the clown..

  • Commented on September 6, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Wow, a happy ending, that’s new

  • Commented on September 16, 2016 at 5:49 am

    And then he found 5 dollars

  • Commented on August 13, 2015 at 12:56 am

    i dont get it the clown breaths helium so he did kidnap the boy and at the end he says how wrong we where about scooter how where they wrong plus does scooter still have the kid

  • Commented on July 21, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Its kind of a stretch… I get it, Somehow this clown breathes helium… but seriously? Thats your twist? The clown breathes helium? I mean, its original. Props for coming up with it. but i just feel so “meh” About it.

  • Commented on February 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Great job at a horrible story

  • Commented on July 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    why a drop off ending? If it’s supposed to be based off of something, I don’t get the reference.

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