The sight of the forty three couples entering the shabby ballroom caused a stir in the air from the gathering assembled to witness the dance competition. Times being hard, the promoter could not afford an orchestra so a needle was dropped on a record and at the sound of the waltz the couples began to dip and sway as they moved about gliding around the dance floor. Many in the audience had brought their lunch with them and some might return after work to see who was still dancing. It was something to do.
Bella was paired with Ronald a man she did not really know but who had done well at a marathon in Cleveland and she liked his profile in the newspaper photo, he had style like a sex symbol from the flickers. So Bella sent him a letter inviting him to be her partner. He thought Chicago was a step up so he had agreed sight unseen. He was not unhappy when he saw Bella.
The competition lasted almost four days (ninety-one hours and twenty-seven minutes to be exact) before Bella and Ronnie as she was now calling him outlasted the other dancers. She had to pull him up from the floor as his need to sleep was sudden. Bella desperately wanted a shower and a lime rickey, but they needed to collect their prize money first.
After handing Ronald the cash, the promoter suggested they could become an indissoluble couple and do well in the walkathons. He had an even bigger one planned next month at the White City amusement park and wanted to use them in the promotion, suggesting if they could pretend to be married that would be nice. Bella said she and Ronnie would think about it as she slipped the bills from his fingers.
To be continued… I am going to invite a friend of mine to write the next chapter. She knows the dancers in the photo.
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Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie… This week Yves has challenged us to write a story using these words: Records, Sudden, Lime, Indissoluble, Anodyne, Pull, Sway, Gathering, Symbol, Sound, Style, Profile (I skipped Anodyne)