Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: Snap (09/04/08)
TITLE: Dance Night
By Donna Carrico
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
"Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right.
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?"
Many friendships had developed over the years of incarceration. Lonely days and nights forced the women look to each other for comfort, conversation, and hope. The friendships did not always lead to lesbian relationships. Many of these women had no families and no one who cared whether they lived or died.
Joan was a tall woman; her red hair mingled with gray pulled back with escaping strands wafting around her cheekbones. Her ruddy complexion was intensified since she knew what she had to accomplish. Her dance partner, Shelley, was small in stature with short dishwater blond hair, a ghostly pale face rutted with deep wrinkles, and a slight limp.
Most of the women in the cellblock danced, occasionally changing partners. The music numbed them. The music mesmerized them. The music taught them toleration. Slowly, very slowly they waltzed around the room.
When the small red light over the door flashed "ON" Joan knew it was time. Twirling Shelly round and round Joan propelled her through the doorway to the LETHAL INJECTION ROOM with the door softly closing behind Shelly. Another woman Prisoner from the row around outer edge of the room became Joan's new dance partner.
It was done very smoothly perchance no one would notice. They all knew, although they pretended not to know. It seemed the song would never end. Finally the music stopped and they were herded back to their own tiny cells.
The dance was not humane. It did not bring peace to the women who were left. The screams in their nightmares after "dance night" exposed the unspeakable truth of the tradition.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.