Welcome to Day 2 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. I'm feeling a little better today – not so apprehensive… but we'll see…


In my mind’s eye, she belonged on the beach, red hibiscus in her long wavy hair, sarong wrapped around her cocoa, bikini-clad body, sipping on a pina colada…  a snazzy Girl from Ipanema.

Something about Mrs. Fernandez reminded me of a samba .

I struggled to fathom exactly what the connection was… but it eluded me.

Until the day she walked pass my desk and the penny dropped!

The beads!

That was it!

She wore them around her neck and hanging down in front.

Five, long multi-coloured strands that moved around as she walked, her step purposeful and strident, yet graceful… with a fiery dose of Latino flair in the sway of her rounded hips.

They swished smoothly, to and fro in a distinct rhythm… this way and that… just like the bossa nova… bossa nova beads moving in time to an unheard Brazilian beat.

Two weeks have sinced passed.

Mrs. F has returned from a hiatus, but the bossa nova has fizzled, the funk replaced by a distinct lacklustre…

… and the beads are gone!

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  1. Gloria Grandy on April 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Wow!! Your description of this character is very easy to see in my head. It inspires a new doll design for me:).
    Thanks for your comment. I will keep in touch with your blog. Yes, it takes just a little bit of insanity to do the A to Z challenge.

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      I wondered about your reaction to my character… am thrilled that the description inspired a new doll! Your dolls are really something else… really special…   🙂

  2. Perle Champion on April 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Michelle. Admire that you can pick one topic to write about.  I'm all over the place, basically a jack of all-master of some. 
    P.S. Thanks for dropping by my Blog, and yes the knee is healing well.

    • Julie on April 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      This was so beautifully written! I could picture the scene being acted out on a big screen!

      • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        Thanks Julie… big screen vision – now that's big league!

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      I'm actually trying to challenge myself by posting themed fiction. We'll see how it plays out…

  3. Elise Fallson on April 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I love latin music. Come to think of it, I love all kinds of music especially the kind that gets my feet moving. And as usual, you deliver a beautifully written segment with ease  and a crystal clear  description. Love it.  And might I add, Mrs. F really knows how to accessorize!

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      The beads are gorgeous… aren't they?

      I also LOVE Latin music… very much so… and love to watch Latin dancing as well…

  4. JoJo on April 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog thanks to A-Z! 🙂  Those beads are beautiful!  My father was from S. America and he loved his Latin music.

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks Jojo 🙂 That means you probably know quite a bit about Latino music…

  5. Texas Playwright Chick on April 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Love the music theme! Bossa Nova, I alwys thought, sounded like some sort of exotic dessert! Yum! Though, yes, I knew it was a dance.  Love your site!

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Come to think of it, sounds like a fresh cream-styled dessert… ooooh, delicious… the dance is just as "yummy"… thanks for the visit!

  6. mshatch on April 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Like this, and those beads are fabulous. I can almost picture the woman wearing them.

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      The beads really are striking… makes for a vivid picture… 🙂

  7. Marian Allen on April 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Poor Mrs. F! I wonder what happened to her during those two weeks, that robbed her of her flair. Good story — it's got me caring about the character in that short bit!

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I think it's the saddest thing when somebody so full of life loses that sparkle… thanks for the positive feedback…

  8. Su on April 3, 2012 at 3:43 am

    There's a recap of one West Wing episode on IMDB called "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" and I've never bothered looking it up to figure it out. Thanks for clearing it up for me! Also–love those beads!

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Glad that it shed some light on that aspect… and thanks for swinging by…

  9. Rekha on April 3, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I am loving it, if the warm up one was melancholic, this is tantalising. You made the picture come alive in my head which means a writer's job has been done. 🙂

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks for the thumbs-up Rek! I really appreciate it!

  10. Lynda R Young on April 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    This is wonderful. You've captured the rhythm of the music in your words.

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you Lynda.

  11. Rhi on April 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Love it!

    • michelle on April 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      I'm glad – thanks!

  12. Beth Stilborn on April 4, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I'll now be singing "The Girl from Ipanema" for the rest of the evening — and may start dancing! Love that rhythm.

    • michelle on April 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

      I love that song! One of my favourite jazz pieces… 

  13. Jocelyn Rish on April 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Very cool how you made the beads part of the music and therefore part of the woman's magic.

    • michelle on April 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

      The beads are an integral part of her allure… 

  14. Debbie on April 4, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Great story and great beads. Loved everything about this post.  I hope someday Mrs Fernandez gets both her beads and her groove back.

    • michelle on April 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

      I thought that it might appeal to you… after all, you create such wonderful pieces of beaded jewellery! The secret lies in the beads – they will help to revive her flagging spirits!

  15. Pat Carroll Marcantel on April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Enjoyed your writing, Michelle. I've tried to do fiction and it always fizzles out. :>(   I'm trying not to be envious. Thanks for visiting my blog. See you again soon.

  16. michelle on April 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Try again Ms. Pat! Don't give up!  🙂 Thanks for the visit.

  17. KarenG on April 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Great theme for the challenge!

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