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The Show Must Go On (S&D)

by Dani Bromberg
(Stanford, CA)

I was walking with my two best friends when suddenly we discovered a giant trampoline ahead of us. Naturally, we were delighted and ran over to it and began jumping. Yet this trampoline was like no other. We were all able to jump almost 15 feet into the air. I turned to my friend and asked her why we were able to jump so high. She replied, "Duh, this is an electric trampoline! You've never used one before?" When I confessed that I never had, my two friends collapsed in hysterical laughter.

Someone must've cut the power, because the next thing I knew we had stopped bouncing and all the lights were dimmed. As I looked down again, I noticed the floor had changed into the floor of my old dance studio. Just as we were wondering what was happening, huge spotlights suddenly shone on me and one of my friends. Music started blasting from speakers, and an audience of hundreds, which had apparently filed into the room in the last ten seconds, began cheering very loudly.

I suddenly knew what this meant. It was time for me and my friend to perform the best dance routine of our lives. Knowing exactly what the crowd wanted, I got ready to begin the routine. At the last minute I decided to grab Simba, my favorite childhood stuffed animal, to be my show-stopping accessory. With Simba in hand, I began my dance.

The crowd was cheering louder and louder. I knew I was going to win the competition. Yet suddenly, someone's phone began emitting a grating, chirping noise. Ever the performer, I hid my annoyance and kept dancing faster and faster. Yet the phone was getting louder. As I ran into the crowd to find the source of the noise, I suddenly awoke and found myself looking at my very annoyed roommate. I realized the horrible chirping was my alarm. When she asked me why I had left the alarm going for a full two minutes, I simply told her the show must go on.

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