Tiny Dancer

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers and the challenge is to write a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end in 100 words or less using the picture prompt below.

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The winters were harsh in St. Petersburg.

“It’s because you were born early Anna. You will learn to live with imperfections. The cold will always make it hard on you. Your legs and thin ankles will never support your small body. You will learn to live a humble life.”

“Please Grandma, take me to see Sleeping Beauty at the Maryinsky. Let me see the grace of the ballerina’s, the perfect flow of their arms and legs that make them look like white swans moving through the quiet pond.”

“Anna, you will never be a ballerina.”


Anna Pavlova


  1. I like your story for two reasons. One is that it shows how what some call a weakness can be used as a strength. I also like the fact that she listened to her heart and followed her passion. You told a lot of story in 100 words or less, Danny.

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  2. I didn’t know that about Anna Pavlova – I googled her early life after reading this and got caught up in her biography for some time. What a magnificent woman. I’m glad her grandmother was so wrong. Thanks very much for the backstory, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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