Raven hair flying (written by Tony Tibbenham)
I shuddered awake. The alarm clock jangling into my dream. For once I was glad: I had been lost on the beach again, crying for mummy with my cries lost amongst the gull calls. Why did I have this dream before every audition? Was I really so nervous? I snuggled down again, intent on getting another ten minutes under the duvet before facing the commute. Eight minutes later I dragged myself into the shower, battering my aching legs and back with hot needles of water. The third audition this week, travelling further to find another opportunity. Always looking for the funds to pay the last bill.
Today was all the way across town, three buses and a long walk, for a small show. I almost didn’t want to get it, the commute would kill me if the show didn’t. These thoughts swirled round my mind as I stepped up onto the first bus.
The driver smiled, seeing his favourite passenger, looking tired as she lugged her costume holdall aboard. He had watched out for her every shift for months. The mundane drive round the circuit of roads was more tolerable when she was aboard. She smiled as she said hello most days. Other times, like today, she seemed pre-occupied. He watched her gracefully slide into a seat before he pulled away, driving on automatic as he dreamed of her raven hair flying as she glided across the stage, smiling, flying into his arms.
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