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The Audition

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium

Submitted: December 29, 2018

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The Audition.

It’s a strange thing to see. All these girls sitting in a row, their ballet pumps firmly on their feet. Instead of the usual friendships found in the class, today it is all seriousness.

There are no exchanged smiles, just the odd muttered greeting. Instead of being equals they are competitors, for this is the audition. Four main parts are up for grabs. A chance to shine, to say, ‘look at me!’ Those not successful will be in the pack, going through the motions without receiving any kind of spotlight.

Of course, there are those who would dread to be chosen. Strange how almost always at least one of the starring roles lands at the feet of one who would rather be firmly in the back row of the company. That will be the one who looks almost green when their name is called out to be one of the principal dancers.

There are two girls who both ‘know’ that they deserve the starring role. Are they not the best dancers in the class? One will be chosen, while the other is consigned to the ranks. Did you notice it, that little exchange of a gloating smile; that instant of hatred? It won’t be displayed in class, while going through the motions, dancing through the steps, but inside the changing room there are snide comments, tears and cheers. Such is competition, even on such a small scale.

For after all the rehearsals, the aching of muscles, the pushes the pinches, it’s the turn of the parents. Those whose children star and shine – well, their money has been so well-spent, hasn’t it, nurturing their off-springs incredible talent.

They will be the ones who take up the front seats, spreading in their glory to leave too little space for the parents of the also-rans.

Let them have their short-lived glory, for tomorrow is another day and a different star may shine. For isn’t that always the way of things. Such is life.


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