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The Actress

by Peggy McFarland

Her lifelong dream was to be an actress; to be adored, doted upon, loved. Her courage failed when her father threatened to never see her again if she pursued her foolish dream. So she met a man, thought she fell in love and convinced herself she could be happy with such a life. Her courage failed when he threatened to never love a woman again if she left him to pursue her reckless dream. So instead of audiences, she met the neighbors; instead of exotic locations, she went to the grocery store; instead of being another, she signed checks with her legal name. And when he returned home at the end of his work day, ready to adore her, dote upon her, love her... she took a deep breath, adjusted her smile, and whispered, "Lights, Camera... Action."

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Peggy McFarland, author of Not the Mom, has now written eighteen sentences for this site. Someday, she hopes to write many, many sentences all in a row.

14 comments:

Madam Z said...

Her "lifelong dream" is fulfilled. This is a lovely six, Peggy.

Quin said...

oh, yes, some of our best acting is done in the dark.

nicely done.

Shaindel said...

Nice! I personally was hoping she'd be thinking "Cut" or "That's a wrap." Good work!

jeff alan said...

Her despondency is palpable. Wonderful piece.

SarahLeigh said...

this is a very good piece. Loved it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent six.

Alana said...

Loved this!!

Granny Grammar said...

This piece contains two split infinitives. "...to never see..." and "...to never love..." should be "never to see" and "never to love."

neilson said...

Granny Grammar is my idol.

Anonymous said...

Very good six. I feel sorry for her. But on second thought, she did get to be an actress...
Ethel

austere said...

Brilliant!
"all the world's a stage.." and all that.

vrykolaka said...

Does no one except me feel sorry for the husband?

Thumbs Down.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... interesting point.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story Peg ... Your characters are very real regardless of how they are portrayed in the story.

-Great T.