Shayla studied her tired reflection as she applied her bright red lipstick. Years of ballet. Jazz. Tap. So many recitals. Tutus. Blistered toes. Class after class. Trophy after trophy. Her parents’ disappointment when she turned down the generous dance scholarship to the prestigious Adelphi University.
She kissed her sleeping son then headed across town.
Shayla cut the engine at the blinking back door of the club where she would be leered and jeered by men who had nowhere to go the night before Christmas. But she would be dancing.
Drabble: A piece of fiction that is exactly 100 words in length.
K. Kris Loomis is the author of After Namaste: Off-the-Mat Musings of a Modern Yogini as well as several other nonfiction books about yoga and meditation, a travelogue about her time spent living in Ecuador, and a collection of short stories, The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories.
When Kris isn’t at her standing desk writing, she’s usually off playing chess, folding an origami crane, or practicing a Beethoven sonata on the piano. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and two cats.
You can find out more about Kris by visiting her author website, www.kkrisloomis.com, or by connecting with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @kkrisloomis!