Welcome to Day 5 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!

My theme my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.

MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. ENSEMBLE – the performance of a group of instruments in the orchestra or voices in a chorus.

“The polka dot t-shirt, straw fedora and black-rimmed glasses comprise the perfect party ensemble for cool dudes.” I could hear his geekish voice echo in my ears.

No way on earth was I wearing that get-up! I wouldn’t be caught dead in that…

“Polka dots? Glasses? No way… I have a reputation to maintain, or have you forgotten ?”

“I promise you, it’s not what you think. You’ve gotta keep an open mind!”


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“No way! Certainly NOT dots and glasses!”

“At least have a look before you decide.”

But it fell on deaf ears!

Besides, she was bound to be at the party… probably dressed in an exotic outfit, with an equally exotic-looking guy on her arm!

We arrived at the venue. I scanned the thronging crowds… familiar faces passed in a blur… my eyes zoomed in on a couple at the far end of the room…

Like a deer caught in the glare of oncoming headlights, I registered shock, for a few milliseconds, then regained my composure.

Deep breath.

Broad smile.

False bravado.

A memory surfaced… she could make you feel silly and insignificant, without saying or doing anything.

It was all in the posture… the body language… and the killer legs! They were to-die-for… long, smooth, shapely.

I faced her. Did a double-take.

  Here was the envy of the 40-odd girls from our grade eleven year, the popular and charismatic three-time Miss Lucky Legs winner, standing arm-in-arm with persona non grata, the reclusive, short and squat library monitor. He was beaming from ear to ear, dressed in a polka dot shirt!

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  1. DG Hudson on April 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Liked both the Ensemble and the Drums stories.  Will be back to look at others.
    I'm here via the A – Z Challenge.  Thanks for the follow.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you for taking time to read both pieces! I look forward to your return!

  2. Elise Fallson on April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Haaha! Love the build up and the twist at the end! Perfect. 😀

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Melonie on April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Nice entry! Nerds rule!
    Thanks for sharing; I look forward to more A to Z goodness.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Yay! At the end of the day, the nerd beat him to it…

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Oh the irony!

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Yes, the ironic twist… nothing like it 🙂

  5. Stacey Mitchell on April 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Loved it. This story really made me smile 🙂

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      I'm glad it put a smile on your dial, Stacey 🙂

  6. Ruby Young on April 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Ha! I loved it. Didn't see it coming…the best kind of story. thank you. Ruby

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment! 🙂

  7. sharkbytes on April 6, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Nice cross-genre theme. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      That's a wonderful aspiration… and good luck to you!

  8. Damyanti on April 6, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Nothing wrong with polka dot t-shirts!

    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Nothing wrong at all. They can actually be quite funky, depending on the print!

  9. Medeia Sharif on April 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Polka dots can work.
    Great piece. I loved the ending.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      They can work! I agree 100%. The character formed a not-so-good pre-conception of the ensemble… and lost out in the end!

  10. Sarah Pearson on April 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Yes! The perfect ending 🙂

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Awww… thanks.

  11. Pat Carroll Marcantel on April 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Ah, Michelle, You are a creative machine! Such great words, and stories to match. I can't get past "D."
    It also "helped" that my keyboard went out for almost two days and I'm playing catch-up. Wah, wah, wah. Poor me. A quick kick in the pants and I'm gonna forge ahead. See you again soon.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Come on, Ms.Pat…. I know you can do it! 🙂 🙂

      Thank you for the wonderful comment… though I'm not so sure about the "creative machine" bit… I try… but thanks for the vote of confidence!

  12. C. Lee McKenzie on April 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Well, let's hear it for the library monitor! 
    Stopping in from the A to Z Challenge and joining your site. Great to meet you.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Yep… one big round of applause for the library monitor! He is the man-of-the-moment! Great to meet you too!

  13. Rekha on April 7, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I loved my polkas though they are better in smaller patterns and softer shades. Love this story. Ah…even nerdy boys fall for long legs, no wonder, we nerdy girls were never spared a look.

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Mmmm, makes sense, doesn't it? And my hubby always says I am short (though I don't really agree…)

  14. Mina B. on April 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Loved it.  Wonderfully descriptive! Great job and with a twist too! 🙂

    • michelle on April 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks Mina! 🙂

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