First Line Friday: 13th April

Your line for this week is:
The dance lessons were not working.

Thanks Dylan

The dance lessons were not working.
After twelve weeks, there was no improvement in grace, style or deportment, and Harold was growing more and more frustrated.
Nicole on the other hand felt for her daughter, knowing she was trying her best to please both parents, but equally knowing ballet was not for her.
Harold had a vision of his darling girl heading the cast in Swan Lake, whereas Nicole and Heather herself knew she was better suited at being the lake than a graceful bird upon it.
The one-on-one lessons had been a last resort, and Madame Caloneé took Harold and Nicole into her office at the end of the three month trial to give them her professional opinion.

Harold hung his head in defeat as she explained that at 15, Heather was not only too old to train, but also too tall and too heavy, hastily adding that she was certainly not overweight!
Nicole silently thanked her for that as Heather had enough to worry about without throwing a food issue into the works.
Harold stared out of the window moodily as she began to tell him she did have something else in mind if he was interested.
Another class was now in session and riotous laughter rang through Madame’s studio. Harold imagined his clumsy teenage daughter flat on her face having tried yet another position at the barre in front of a crowd of students.
The three came out of the office to find Heather ‘entertaining’ the troops with an exaggerated but near perfect impression of Madame at her most strict after Heather had spectacularly failed at something.
Harold was mortified that she could be so thoughtless, careless and downright rude to mimic her instructor and turned to Madame to apologise.
She was laughing harder than the rest.
‘Heather has a natural talent for comedy Mr Ainsworth. Her movements may not be as honed as a leading ballerina, but she can execute the exercises and that in itself is an achievement. I have a friend who runs a studio for other types of dance, and if Heather would like an introduction, I will be happy to make it.’
Heather grinned at her parents and said ‘Please?’

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to First Line Friday: 13th April

  1. Michael says:

    That had a lovely ending. I did like the reference to her being the lake rather than the swan upon it…many of us have had to face that reality.

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