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A hush fell. Adrenalin surged through Stephanie. She wanted more. More attention, more spotlight, more dancing. She took a deep breath as the faint echo of music and applause resounded through her ears, nourishing her core. Hairs prickled at the back of her neck as she waited, expecting the curtain to swish back. Easing one foot in front of the other, her built-in rhythm clock knew that more time had passed than they had rehearsed. What on earth was happening with the curtain?
Stephanie turned her head, looking for answers.
“Don’t stress,” mouthed her best friend, Tabbie.
Finally, the curtain swung open and Stephanie took a bow with the other dancers. Flustered and unfocused, she stepped forward to begin her solo. Behind her, the other dancers ran off to the sides, creaking the floorboards and sending a fine mist of dust into the air. It was a glitch, just a minor glitch. Every professional dancer would have to deal with incompetency at some stage. She stood alone, centre stage, ready to blow them away with her performance—her parents, her teachers and any scout that may be in the crowd waiting to discover her.
Stephanie blinked as the bright beam flooded into her eyes. Five, six, seven, eight—the music bounced off the walls of the school as she danced her solo. She spun a pirouette and leapt across the floor, silencing the audience as she owned the stage. This was her moment. The realisation of a dream she’d held close to her heart since being accepted into Hill Top Private, nearly three years ago. She finished upstage. The house lights came on and she caught her mother’s eye. Is that a tear? Is she actually proud of me?
The crowd cheered, rising to their feet.
Stephanie turned, seeing Tabbie slip through the side curtains to present her with a colourful bouquet.
Michelle Dennis Evans writes picture books, chapter books, young adult contemporary novels and enjoys dabbling in free verse poetry. Her debut novel Spiralling Out of Control and poetry collection Life Inspired both reached #1 in subcategories on Amazon in their first week of release.
Michelle lives on the Gold Coast of Australia with her husband and four super active, super fun and super time consuming children.
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