This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Etol Bagam. Thank you, Etol! The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the picture prompt below. I hope you like it.
The buzz of excitement was almost palpable as Sarah eased through the crowds of chattering theatre-goers, her ears still ringing from the applause that had thundered as the curtain fell. She’d felt such a glow of pride as Gemma took her bow, the audience on their feet.
Creeping envy was forcibly quashed.
Her sister’s dressing room was filled with people, alcohol flowing in celebration. Curious eyes turned in Sarah’s direction.
“Sassy – you made it!” Gemma pulled her into an excited hug.
“So this is the enigmatic sister,” a deep voice said. “You also act, I’m told.”
She and Gemma had always dreamed of becoming actresses. As children they’d performed before audiences of stuffed toys. It was with the onset of teenage insecurities that nerves took over. Even the thought of a sea of faces caused nausea to rile.
“My next play is about sisters,” the man continued. “I’d be interested in seeing you audition.”
“Think about it, Sassy.” Gemma grinned. “Stage fright can be overcome.”
Sarah’s breath caught as withered dreams blossomed anew.
Word Count: 175