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Friday, October 2, 2009

Flash Fiction Friday #6: "Bondage Ballet"


 “Swan Lake” filled the air as she shuffled about en pointe, nude, amidst a chorus of clinks. His eyes marked her, coldly appraising.

Arabesque,” he stated, and she bent forward, leg raised, fighting the tether but succeeding.

Jeté battu.” He nodded in approval as she complied, chain ringing.

Pas de bourrée.” The first few she managed, but when she swung one leg back to extend, the chain brought her up short and she overbalanced. She crashed to the floor, weeping silently.

He knelt by her side, caressing her dancer's body. “You'll do,” he said softly.

(This is my entry for Spanky and Tiggs's Flash Fiction Friday Challenge #6: 100 words inspired by the photo shown above. Want to play too? Then stop by and check out the guidelines.) 

-- PB

12 comments:

Fantasia Lillith said...

You may well be a genius.

The Panserbjørne said...

Fantasia: Thanks! I struggled a lot with the word count on this one -- it just seemed to demand more than the flat 100. Finally I found a combination I was happy with.

-- PB

CW said...

I love this picture.

The Panserbjørne said...

CW: I think Spanky provided the picture this week as well as the challenge post itself. I agree: it's an interesting one.

Thanks for stopping by!

-- PB

Luna Mauvaise © 2009 said...

You boys are gonna have to stop speaking in my favorite tongue. It's too much for one day. ;)

Excellent French there, PB. I like that you added the research references too. Happy FFF!

The Panserbjørne said...

Luna: Now why would I want to *stop* that, when I know exactly how it affects you? :)

Have to be honest though -- all of it came directly from the linked page. I only speak two languages -- English and American. Pretty typical US resident.

-- PB

Spanky said...

Great job PB! Love the ballet words, too. I so wanted to use "pas de chat" in my piece, until I discovered that move would be impossible with those cuffs!

The Panserbjørne said...

Spanky: Technically, the "arabesque" move would be impossible with that length of chain, so I just chose to believe the chain was longer than the one actually shown in the picture. My fantasy, my rules. Heh.

Glad you liked!

-- PB

frances said...

i love how you take the time to get the details right.

The Panserbjørne said...

Frances: They say the devil's in the details. I choose to say that details are everything. It seems you agree with me. :)

-- PB

Daniel said...

So... If the devil's in the details, and the details are everything... Does that mean the devil's in everything?

The Panserbjørne said...

Daniel: Well, with any luck reading my journal has people thinking devilish thoughts all the time. So I'll say "yes" to that too. :)

-- PB