Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Flight

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flight (noun)

1a : an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings
  b : the ability to fly
2a : a passing through the air or through space outside the earth's atmosphere
  b : the distance covered in such a flightc : swift movement
  b : a scheduled airplane trip

Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer.



The Flight

Excitement grows in her center as she rides in the cab.  
Unconsciously, she points and flexes her agile feet encased in soft leather flats.  
Demi plié, relevé.  
Demi plié, relevé.  

The yellow vehicle begins to slow to the rhythm of crowding traffic on the highway. 
Red tail lights start to fill her field of vision ahead.  
Port de bras, 
Adagio.  

She lifts and leans forward to see what's ahead, worried by the delay.
She lowers her gaze to peer at the watch near the end of her long and slender arm. 
Arabesque,
Demi plié.
 
The halt slowly clears up, and speed resumes. 
She exhales as her long, thin arms relax and her fingers uncurl.
Degagé,
Allegro. 

She hops off onto the curb and takes note of this hectic moment.
In one graceful move, she lifts her luggage and heads inside.   
Second position.  
Grand plié.  

She trots quickly to the counter,
Luggage in tow, sweater in arm, heart on her sleeve. 
Chassé, pas de bourrée.  
Chassé, pas de bourrée.  

She swiftly makes her way through security,
Dodging slow travelers, complying to staff directions.  
Pirouette, demi plié.  
Pirouette, demi plié.  

Boarding pass clutched in her hand,
She picks up her pace and dashes toward the gate.  
Grand battement,
Allegro.   
 
She turns the corner and spots her number.  
She leaps forward with her boarding pass, reaching, as the last passenger to board.
Grand jeté,  
En avant.  
 
 She makes her flight to NYC, now en route to an audition that may just change her life.  
 In her seat, she catches her breath as her mind spins and pauses in the joy of Possibility.  
Fouetté en tournant.
 La Fin.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_ballet




12 comments:

  1. It was very effective to alternate between the anxiety of the prospect of missing her flight and the ballet positions. One one level, I imagine that she's mentally rehearsing, but on another, I see it as her form of stress relief. Nicely done.

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    1. Thank you for your insightful and kind comment, lumdog! I really appreciate it!

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  2. Interesting piece. I loved the bits of ballet thrown in, you could definitely get a sense of her anxiety and excitement :)

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    1. Trips to the airport is always stressful for me; I'm glad the anxiety and excitement came through for you here! Thank you so much for stopping by, Carrie!

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  3. I love how the ballet moves punctuate the piece and heighten the tension. Nicely done.
    Thanks for playing along with us this week. Be sure to come on back tomorrow for the new challenge.

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    1. Thank you, Trifecta! I really enjoy writing to your prompt challenges.

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  4. Nice job on this one , Sandra! I read the ballet pieces as a distraction from her anxiety.

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    1. Thank you, Janna. I selected ballet moves that parallel the pace of her surroundings and her movements, and the effects of that can very well be a distraction for her anxiety, or mental rehearsal or stress relief (per lumdog)!

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  5. I like this piece. The ballet counterpoint to the tension of possibly missing the flight almost feels like a dance in and of itself.

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    1. Thank you so much, Wisper! When I wrote this I could almost see it in motion on film, cutting back and forth between her trip to the airport and those corresponding ballet dances. =)

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  6. I love the use of the ballet terms -- it does a great job of capturing those moments when the upcoming performance is all you can think about.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Annabelle! I'm glad you can relate to the anxiety she has about her audition! I really appreciate your comment.

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