#AtoZChallenge - Lulling Through Dance

I had a minor surgery yesterday, so will be away from blogging for a couple days. My super amazing and generous co-author Dan Keidl has offered to continue the story for you all while I heal up, so this post is written by him with my blessing and curiosity as to what he'll come up with!

If you haven't been there yet, check out my L post over at the main April A-Z blog. It's a dance party! :)
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Cautiously Amy accepted the hand of the painted likeness of Prince Leo, allowing him to draw her out into the center of the empty hall. Her sense of danger abated as she tried to think of what she was supposed to do. It seemed to her that she had probably never really danced before, though she had a fuzzy inkling in her brain that perhaps she had been present when a tutor had introduced Irena in the basic steps of some popular dances. Trying to remember the occasion made her feel confused.

Sensing hesitation through her hand, the painted prince paused and asked her, "Is everything all right, Amy?"

Not wishing to seem out of place, Amy shook her head slightly, dispelling her doubts, and responded, "Yes, your highness. Shall we?"

She curtsied in what she hoped was a sufficiently elegant and respectful fashion, and the prince bowed. No sooner had they completed their respects than he had swept her up in his arms and stepped them both into the dance! The music from the phonograph across the ballroom seemed to swell to fill the space, becoming a rousing, extravagant song. The chandeliers above burst into warm, merry light.

Amy's confusion vanished, and she found herself enchanted by the boisterous music, the bobbing, swaying and dipping of the dance she was being led through, the happy conversations of all the many party-goers around them, the closeness and warmth of the handsome prince, his dark hair and beard tousled by his momentum, his eyes shining peculiarly...

The rest of the dance passed in the blink of an eye -- or else Amy was too swept off her feet to really process it all properly -- but she found herself at last being led to a table by the dance floor and supplied a glass of water by a helpful servant. Some indistinct noblepersons crowded around the prince, offering Amy a moment to herself.

Now that she was seated and refreshed, and released from the heady motion of the dance, she found herself able to focus a little more clearly. At once the room seemed a little dimmer, the music a bit more tinny, and the crowds somewhat more sparse.

"How very strange!" Amy remarked airily to a pair of bystanders, who turned to regard her but said nothing. As Amy's gaze swept away from them they vanished like mist, though she did not notice. She could hear the rain beating against the tall arched windows quite insistently in the back of her mind, though the ballroom still seemed quite bright and joyful. Though she was having a wonderful time, she found herself missing the rain somehow.

Something very peculiar seemed to be going on. Amy could not reconcile the notions in her head with the evidence of her eyes. Taking proper stock of the situation seemed to be in order.

What should Amy do?
Make her way back to the majestic prince and make known to him her concerns.
Mingle with the masses and explore the ballroom.
Move to the windows so she may see the rain.

Make sure to vote for where you want the story to go below in the comments so I know what I'm writing about for tomorrow!

Voting has closed for this post! Please visit the Move to the Windows post to continue reading :)

Also, I appreciate all your warm hospitality! I drew you a dinosaur as a thank-you.
(This is in no way a foreshadowing for the story!)

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  1. Move to the windows.

  2. Well you are being very brave to rely on the masses, you know what they are like, wave a large swarm of angry hornets at them and they are off in all directions. I would be inclined to shout YA SUCKS BOO at them all and go with what you think is right. But if you are not going to do that I too will suggest moving to the window to look at the rain, folk love watching rain if they dont have to be in it. OK that could just be me.

    Good Luck on the journey to Z.

    Rob Z Tobor

    1. Man, you're right, folks love rain and hate hornets!

  3. I vote to move to the windows.

  4. Go look outside. Let's see what the prince will do.

  5. You're doing a great job keeping the story going (and me guessing what is next), Dan.

    I vote to go see the rain.

    1. Thanks. I'm glad it's working smoothly for you!

  6. What?! The cute dinosaur is NOT part of the story's foreshadow? How disappointing. *pout*

    I love rain. I'd rather move to the windows to peer out at it!

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony

    1. "Beware the dinosaur in white!"

  7. Mingle with the masses and explore the ballroom.

    Fun dinosaur! :-D

    ~Chantelle @ ~Cocktails and Memories

    1. Thank you for being the voice of dissent!

  8. Hope you are recovering from your sugary. Feel better soon!

  9. See the rain. Rain, I-rain-a (Irena), is there an actual connection, I wonder.

    1. I'm sure it's just a complete coincidence! Nothing to see here...

  10. Move to the windows! :)

  11. I hope your recover is fast and east, A.J.!

    I vote for her to move to the windows.


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