I found this prompt (see bottom after reading post) on Lissa’s blog It’s not edited, and I had many interruptions so I’m not sure how long it took–will always set that microwave clock
I go out walking, after midnight
Out in the moonlight
Just like we used to do
I’m always walking, after midnight
Searching for you
Dani needed one break. Just one little break. People had been saying she could sing like Patsy ever since she could remember. They passed the hat around at the Millersville Saloon & Grill every Friday night. On a payday Friday she would take home $100 to $150. The next Friday $35-$50 if she was lucky.
Of course Millersville was in Coal County PA, not Texas or Nashville or anywhere near where record company people lived. Mountain View was hot. Lots of New Yorker’s were buying houses in and around it, but nobody came near Millersville or Desolateville as Dani and her friends called it.
I walk for miles, along the hyihway
Well that’s just my way
Of saying I love you
I’m always walking after midnight
Searching for you
Dani thought about that as she walked around Mountain View one muggy Tuesday in August. She’d been to every restaurant and bar in town and nobody needed a singer. She was so tired of being a clerk at The Millersville Notion Shop, a kind of low class five and dime. Her boss made her open on Saturdays knowing that she didn’t get home until after three AM on Friday night/Saturday mornings. “Keeps you from drinking too hard,” Wanda her boss would say. Dani was a two beer at max girl but she couldn’t afford to open her mouth to Wanda. Wanda had never forgiven her for winning “best looking” “best voice” and “most popular girl” back in high school. Wanda hadn’t ben nominated for anything.
I stop to see a weeping willow
Crying on his pillow
Maybe he’s crying for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me
I’m lonesome as I can be
Dani felt defeated. She wasn’t really aware of her surroundings. Mountain View was pretty as a picture, enough films were made here, but come on, it wasn’t real. Wanda owned another store here. She was determined to be Coal County’s best known female.
Dani wasn’t listening at first. Why was that man singing “Walking after Midnight?” Shit, he was singing along with her. “Oh no,” she heard herself saying, “I didn’t mean to be singing out loud.”
The man smiled. She thought she recognized him but he couldn’t be Jay Larsen, American Idol break out star. “You should be singing everywhere all the time. You have an amazing voice.”
How Dani was discovered became a favorite feel good tabloid story. If she hadn’t been unconsciously singing out loud, she wouldn’t be Dani Freeman-Larsen, the anti Britney.
Wanda wanted to tell people that Dani was a no good drunk, former high school bad girl who happened to get lucky but as Dani helped her expand her business….
Your character was lost in her own thoughts. When she snaps back to reality, she realizes she was singing out loud. Unfortunately, she wasn’t somewhere private. How embarrassing… Take it from there.
It’s rabbit rabbit day–the first day of the month and the Friday before the superbowl. I wanted to write something feel good.