Hope

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic


after years of oppression you are finally able to dance again. to smile again. a Queen song comes on and you are more than ready to dance.


A Queen song comes on. As the neon lights bounce and dance on your skin you weave your way through the crowds of people. Ready. The air smells of sweat and love and alcohol; you breathe deeply, relishing in the scent. “This”, you shout “this is life…real, pure life! This is what it’s all about!”. Its warm. Really, really warm. Its like the warmth is radiating out of everyone and your body is absorbing it. Every ounce of heat and love and passion is seeping through your skin, filling your body with endorphins and adrenaline. Legs weak and hands shaking your throw your arms to the sky, a blatant act of defiance against the people trying to force the world into misery. You’re sweaty and thirsty but that doesn’t matter a tuppence. You dance and dance, heart racing, arms aching. The people around you move to the beat, swaying with the rhythm. The whole room is singing. The lyrics hang in the air, they ricochet off walls and crash into the pulsating crowd. “I want to break free”. The crowd moves as one, a beating heart pumping energy around the room. It’s euphoric. It’s exhilarating. Your face is glowing, your eyes are bright and in them you can see all the wisdom; all the hope; all the hurt. Using those eyes, you showcase the hardship you’ve endured to get here. In a world created to oppress you and knock you down you somehow found love. Somehow, in an unforgiving world that doesn’t want to give you a single penny or a singe smile you found hope and it led you here. You’re dancing, surrounded by people who despite being filled with sorrow all their lives have found happiness- in a song, in a dance. All the pain you endured led you to drunken crowd of people dancing to a song that came out 50 years ago. As the clock strikes twelve you welcome the new year. 2035. A lot has happened since the democratic system left. As the fireworks screech and bellow over the screaming crowd you smile. A real, genuine smile. A wave of emotion washes over you as you start cry. The tears start streaming and you realise you are standing completely still. You look around, taking in the surrounding- paying attention to each face you see. This is it. This the end of your misery. You’ve done it. When the clock turned to 12 and the new year began the cruel, unforgiving government were officially gone and new wave of government took over. Leaders that will be kind. Leaders that won’t oppress you or hurt you. This is it. This is what life is all about. You have finally broken free. 


Submitted: January 01, 2018

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R.Guy Behringer

Nicely done. My only critique would be that I understood the environment as a whole, but what did it feel like (texture)? What did it smell like? What was heard in the crowd? Was it all hope or was there any tension, apprehension for the unknown future? Was the protagonist short, tall or average height. Could he/she see above the crowd or where they just apart of a sea of people and riding a current high on expectations and classic rock, not knowing nor caring where they were? I would advise experimenting with visual and textual devices in your future writing, Kate. Transport your reader. Make them apart of your landscape. I hope to see more of your work as you develop your skills.

Mon, January 1st, 2018 10:45pm

Oleg Roschin

Beautifully composed! A lot of content for such a short story. Excellent descriptive language as well. Keep up the good work!

Wed, January 10th, 2018 6:45am

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