Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Dancer


   Participating in Blogging  A-Z April Challenge
        There are 1862 writers taking part


It's Day 4 of  Blogging from A to Z  April 2015 Challenge


Little Felicity’s father was slouched in a chair flicking aimlessly from channel to channel on the TV, when his search was interrupted by a phone call. He swore and slammed down his beer.  Felicity screwed closed her eyes and held her hands over her ears. But she could still make out her father ranting in the background.

Suddenly she heard soft and gentle music. She relaxed a little and there on the screen a vision in purest white swirled, spun, jumped; almost flew. She had porcelain features, a doll like body and feathers on her costume. When she leapt in the air she was caught in the arms of a handsome prince.

Too soon her father returned and after making obscene remarks about the dancers, started switching channels again.

In the following years Felicity was passed from one foster home to another. She created trouble wherever she went. She became uncontrollable and ended up in a secure facility.

But in rare quiet moments her mind would return to the swan she saw too briefly on the television that day.

Six years passed and Felicity sorted herself out. She is a dancer now. Every night she performs to an appreciative audience.

But for now, the only thing on stage with her is a shiny chrome pole. She doesn’t wear a pink tutu; in fact she doesn’t wear much at all. But it pays well, especially when she does her private performances off stage.

And everything she earns pays for her daily lessons at the Dance Academy.

She will achieve her dream. One day she will be a swan.


A little bit of humour tomorrow when my short story will be The Entertainer




37 comments:

  1. Go girl! Your story brought a smile to my face. I admire your daily dedication to the A to Z.

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    1. Thanks Gabriella. A-Z is the most fun I've had for years!

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  2. I love the ups and downs in this piece. First I was relieved when she becomes a dancer, then horrified at what kind of dancer, and then relieved that she is still working towards her ballet dream. Great piece.

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  3. what a story? some dreams can haunt us till death, i wish one day she achieves her dream

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  4. Oh! That was a good one. We all have a story to tell and we all have a dream we are trying to reach..

    Dan Brown A-Z

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  5. Oh, I'm sure she will be, Keith! Happy Easter to you :)

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    1. Me to! And may I wish you a Happy Easter also.

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  6. A bittersweet story. Happy ending round the corner?

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  7. The power of dreams... they make us move forward even at times like this.

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    1. We can only hope such dreams become reality

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  8. I do hope that there are no writers from 1862 taking part!

    Six Words and Shadows

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  9. Oh, I've seen her dance. very skillful. Not all that balletic, though.

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    1. I thought I that was you you lurking at the back Ron!

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  10. Dreams can come true if you work hard for them.

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    1. I keep dreaming about winning the lottery - one day, one day!

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  11. I reminder never to give up on our dreams, no matter what life throws at us.

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  12. Dreams are what keeps us going.

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    1. And some are an absolute nightmare and keep us awake!

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  13. This story makes me sad! I hope she gets her dreams.

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  14. I have a bad feeling that she'll never have her dream come true.

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  15. Oh yes, she will be a swan one day and hope that day comes for her real soon! Liked the shock element in the story :)

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  16. Visiting from A/Z. I admire Felicity for doing what she needs to do to try to attain her dream of being a ballerina dancer.

    betty

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    1. Determination often wins the day! Thanks Betty.

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  17. She'll do what she's got to do to reach her goal. Good luck to her!

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    1. Nick, thanks for visiting all my recent ramblings this afternoon. It's really appreciated mate! And Brighton is looking particular lovely right now on this sunny Easter day!

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  18. Great story - I really wasn't expecting the little twist at the end! I really hope she gets to achieve her dreams one day!

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  19. Dreams are achievable.

    Jean, back from the Grand Tour and visiting for the A-Z Challenge from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer Number 209 on the A-Z List.

    Jean Schara
    Blackbirds First Flight (Quin)
    Blackbirds Second Flight (Glaring Upheaval and Fluffy Malone)

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