Friday Fictioneers: Brain Damage

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers where each week close to 100 people participate in a flash fiction challenge based on a photo prompt.


This week’s photo ~ Copyright:Renee Heath

And now my 100 word story:

Celeste had been a wonderful dancer before the accident. She belonged to an ensemble that performed musicals like “Meet me in St. Louis” in various playhouses on the east coast.

It was a great job, getting paid for doing what she loved, but she wanted more. She wanted a star on her door. She was making plans to go to New York when a drunk driver struck her down at a bus stop.

Celeste still wants to be a dancer but she doesn’t know why. Her body has healed but her brain functions as a ten-year old.

38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Brain Damage

  1. A sad story, Dawn. From the way it’s worded, I wonder whether her body might still remember how to dance, which might bring her pleasure and a sense of release, even if she doesn’t know why she wants to dance, how she learned, or have the same plans for the future.



    • I’m glad I conveyed that Janet. It’s only sad for her family, you know. She doesn’t know any better, she gets to dance. albeit like a ten year old. But put her in a tu tu and let her twirl, that’s happiness.


  2. I’ve got a suggestion that would give you a couple of extra words by rewriting one sentence.
    “It was a great job, getting paid for doing what she loved, but she wanted more.”
    Hope you don’t mind.


  3. Sad story, I’m not sure if she can still dance or now just dreams of doing so. Hope she can still dance and fulfills her dream


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