Pointe

14 year old Niomi has always wanted to be a dancer, ever since her sixth Birthday. But when she suffers an almost fatal accident, doctors tell her she may never walk again. Niomi, determined, fights back. She continues to pursue her dream of dance. She will do whatever it takes.

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1. Dinner

I've always wanted to dance. On my sixth Birthday I wished to be a ballerina, as I smelt the icing on the cake and saw the little fondant dancers on the top, I knew I wanted to dance. I would parade around my room for hours at a time, practising and practising until my routine was perfect. I would fall on everything, and I mean everything. My wrists, my legs and my bum most of the time, but I knew it was worth it.

"Niomi, dinner!" Mum shouted up the stairs, I could tell from the tone of her voice she seemed agitated.

"Ok I'll be down in a sec". I wasn't finished with my homework, which was due the next day, and I hadn't started either. "Um, can you put it back in the oven please, I'm not done with my homework", I shouted back at her.

"No you can do that later, downstairs now, or it'll be cold."

"Fine." I said dejectedly, closing my laptop screen as I did so. I huffed and stropped down the stairs, then fell into my seat at the table, where mum proceeded to serve broccoli and cauliflower cheese on my plate.

"What's up?" She asked me attentively, looking right at me.

"Nothing", I shrugged, picking up my fork and piling my dinner onto it. Mum sighed, placing her hands onto the table delicately.

"You'll have to tell me at some point Nim, and if I can't get it out of you soon someone else will, ok?"

"But there's no-th-in-ggg wrong!" I exclaimed, wanting to yell at her for caring so much. I knew it was stupid, getting frustrated at her for simply asking me what was wrong, but I only wanted to sit down quietly and eat my food.

"Ok, if that's what you think."

I sighed exasperatedly, polishing of the broccoli and cauliflower cheese, and went back upstairs to do my homework. The laptop screen started to blind me as I realised the time, 10:36, and I shut the computer off and huddled under my duvet as I drifted off to sleep.

 

 

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