Jenny Matlock hosts Saturday Centus. Thank you! J
Her challenge to participants is to use the prompt and up to 100 more words to produce a
piece of writing in any style. Click here to read more and perhaps be inspired to join in.
The prompt is in red italics. I have deliberately used clichés!
The audience held its collective breath, a pulse beating rapidly in every throat. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. The music reached a crescendo and the curtain parted .
There was an audible intake of breath as a tiny figure stepped into the limelight. Was this her? She seemed smaller in real life. She stepped up to the microphone, looked nervously at her public, opening and closing her mouth like a fish out of water.
‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ she quavered. ‘I’m afraid our star is indisposed and unable to appear tonight.’
The audience groaned, disappointment etched on every face.
(99 words, not counting the prompt)