Don’t Dance on Friday the 13th!

Genie1Don’t Dance on Friday the 13th!
Vamptember, 1860; St. Louis, MO

Gather around my children and listen to a tale of aliens from the Planet Vampire who came to visit earth in the 1800s to observe our cultures, music, food and dance. They are preparing a World Fair on their planet that will showcase 10 decades of change. Behold, the Vampire Dancer Saga Tour.

But the competition took hardly any time at all, as it took place in multiple times.  Soon, Salome stood overlooking 1860’s Missouri in the city of St. Louis.  With all the other dancers dead or insane, only Team Butchers & Bakers  consisting of Tam, Lance, Regent, Sherry, Dolf, Gia, Kandy remained to be dealt with.  They were eating at their favorite Italian restaurant, anxious to know when their 3 Wishescompetition would start, and fearful that they could be the only remaining dancers capable of beating Salome in the universe.  Tam casually brings up that the dance will fail, and when asked as to why she simply says:

“Because it’s Friday the Thirteenth”

Lance, always the optimist, pointed out to his sister that with the Genie2streak of bad luck all the other dance teams in the universe had, it was likely that Friday the Thirteenth might mean a reversal in their luck.  Dolf received a package at the door, addressed to the whole family from Salome.  It was a brass lamp, and before anyone else could say anything, he had rubbed the dusty side of it, invoking a genie to pop out into the air. As was expected, this genie offered to grant three wishes to the ones who had released him from his lamp. Sherry immediately jumped upon the opportunity, despite her team members’ misgivings. She wished for them to have already traveled to Egypt to learn from the best belly dancers in the world. Then she wished for them to have learned the dances of their ancestors, powerful movements older than any religion.

Friday13It was the last wish that did her team in. She wished for she and her team to win the contest. At this, the genie flared up and his eyes came alive with fire. He screamed at them in a mighty voice made of storms that they were trying to cheat Salome, and the whole competition.

“For this you die!” He bellowed. Immediately, three male and three female dancers popped up beside him, ready to dance them into oblivion. Team Butchers and Bakers, however, had spent their first two wishes wisely. Using ancient dances older than the genie himself, almost older than Salome, they defeated the final opponent in the competition.

Genie3Back at the Nexus, the Vampires and Dancers and Time Travelers of the universe cheered, Dick Clarkes 1-5 laughed their deep laughs, and Salome only frowned. The situation was bitter sweet to the dancers however, as all of those who were of their own caliber had perished in Salome’s trick. But science came to save the day at the last minute.

“Congratulations!” Cried the Dick Clarkes in unison. “Courtesy of the StarchGate corporation, you have won the ability to save as many lives as you would like from the point where they ended in history!”

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I Dare you to Dance in this House! Happy Halloween 2013

October, 1923; Jackson, MS

Dollhouse1In Jackson, Mississippi in the year 1923, seven dance competitors never showed up. Oh I’m sure that doesn’t seem very important in the grand scheme of things. People get cold feet before performances all the time. It’s not like it is incredibly uncommon for a whole team to bail out, even if it is the night before a competition. Even if it is without formal resignation. What’s curious about this particular lack of participation, is that the seven people of the Braden Hunchback team, Caroline, Marsha, Jane, Cynthia, Pete, Bob and Bob’s girlfriend, Josephine Baker, were never heard from after that Hallow’s Eve.

Genie1With the hotels booked flat for the Halloween competition and there being no room for rehearsal in them anyway, Caroline called ahead to a realtor and paid fifty dollars to rent a vacant house for a weekend. The house was furnished upstairs, but the entirety of the first floor dance parlor was completely empty, save for a doll house on a shelf. This doll house was a miniature version of the one the Bradens were staying in, and the team was careful to avoid it.

Unbeknownst to them, a certain witch had trapped the spirit of a wronged belly dancer within the doll house. The dancer had been trapped for having an affair with Meddling Grandma’s first husband in that very house. The witch had said:

“Why wreck my home when I can give you your own exactly like it?”

Charleston2For fifty years the wronged dancer had sat in her vacant house within a house, her lover having been left to a fate far worse than her own. As the Braden Hunchback team placed their bags in the various bedrooms upstairs, they came back down to practice the Charleston in the mostly vacant and extremely roomy dance parlor.

The belly danced watched their arms leap this way and that, not feeling comforted by their presence but violated. They moved in a way that offended her, moving their limps in great rhythmic shots this way and that, pacing themselves so quickly, not enjoying the dance. Not feeling themselves in it, but improvising feverishly to an intense speed. It was Jane who first took a step aside, panting and leaning against the shelf where the dollhouse sat. Noticing it, she smiled, and peered into the window that Colonial1showed the living room in miniature form. She jerked back with a slight yell, and the dancer stood defiantly, her arms crossed and midriff exposed.

When the others came to investigate her claims of a little person being inside the doll house, the dancer got a brilliant idea. As the team leaned over the doll house to peer into the miniature living room, she began to dance. She danced the way it should be done, with the beat in her head playing so loud, the team swore they could hear the drums and the sitar. She danced and danced, and showed no signs of ever stopping. Not a word was said amongst teammates, not a glance around given.

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