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Chance to Dance Part 2

on December 6, 2012

Thanks to everyone who read the first section of my MG short story. And now, for anyone wondering how Arianna copes with her own personal hell, read on!

Arianna’s dance partner was Ethan, a gangly boy with dirty fingernails. Arianna concentrated hard on learning the tricky new moves Ms. Indyk demonstrated, while Ethan mimicked Arianna, laughing the whole time. Arianna whirled, and Ethan did an exaggerated whirl, even flicking an imaginary ponytail.

“Ethan!” Arianna hissed. “That’s mean!”

Ethan shrugged, and continued to imitate Arianna as she executed a series of bouncy dance steps. He was so busy mimicking Arianna that he wasn’t learning his own dance steps.

“Stop mocking me!” Arianna cried. “You should be focusing on your moves!”

 “Hey, gotta have some fun in this lame-o dance class,” Ethan said.

 “Dancing is not lame-o,” Arianna said. “Why are you even here?”

 “My mom makes me come,” Ethan replied. “I never dance unless I’m forced.”

  “Lighten up,” Arianna said. “If you give dancing a chance, you’ll love it.”

Ethan shrugged again, but at least he stopped making fun. He grabbed Arianna’s hands, and, with a resigned sigh, tried the footwork Ms. Indyk was demonstrating. For a moment, Arianna thought he was actually enjoying himself, until he spun her around and accidentally stepped on her toe.

“Ooooooow!” Arianna howled, jumping backward.

Ms. Indyk stopped the music. “Arianna and Ethan,” she said sternly. “What is going on?”

Arianna tried to explain, but Ms. Indyk interrupted her. “You need to learn teamwork. Your audition depends on it.”

 Arianna glared at Ethan, who started making faces the moment Ms. Indyk’s back was turned. From across the room, Meredith gave Arianna a snobby, superior smile. Arianna swallowed hard. She was close to tears, but she couldn’t let Ethan, Meredith, or Ms. Indyk know it.

Look for more coming soon!


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