In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it. My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations. It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!
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By Alex Seise
True, she was old; but she was not frail.
Edna B. Goodingsworth, a spry 93 years young, placed her worn leather bag on the chair next to her in the dingy café. She stood, quickly given her advanced age, and began dancing. Her movement was fluid, joyful; she closed her eyes and felt the rhythm replace the rheumatoid in her brittle bones. The other patrons cheered her on, clapping and standing and shimmying alongside her. Edna swung her arms gracefully, rolled her hips and shifted her feet in perfect time with the music.
The venerable dame danced through the end of the jazz song, inspiring those around her. When the last note faded away, she took her seat, turned to the applause, winked and said, “You think that was something? Wait ’til you see me do the Macarena!”
The good die young; the best never leave.