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Junior Prom

As promised here is an excerpt from my debut Novel, Not Again. This scene is circa 1985.

After greeting one another and settling in to the evening, the music cranked up signaling it was time to get this party started. Upon hearing “Material Girl,” I grabbed my date and raced onto the dance floor. Nothing got my blood pumping to dance like Madonna did. What a great way to kick off Prom!

The festive mood exploded with “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The flashing colored lights, in tandem with the beat of the music, prompted us to perform abrupt and quirky dance motions. The special lighting effects rivaled that of any Hollywood studio.

The electrifying tempo segued to “Walking on Sunshine.” Katrina and the Waves created the illusion of celebrating summer on a sandy beach while waves crashed on the shore.

Keeping the excitement alive, the DJ played “All She wants to do is Dance,” followed by Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” We were all having fun dancing, not just the girls.

When the song “Just a Gigolo” filled the room, my date surprised us with his fabulous rendition of a dancing gigolo, showcasing swiveled hips and hip bumps. Cheers and screams of approval from both male and female voices reverberated throughout the room. My boyfriend's debut as a talented performer was a smash hit.

After picking my jaw up off the floor, my beau and I settled into the slower paced sounds of “Crazy for You.” My dance partner mouthed the lyrics as we swayed to the music causing my stomach to flutter. Tossing my head backwards, I replied, “You are crazy.” His endearing smile stirred up the butterflies from within. My toothless grin fell short of my feelings for him. I’m crazy for you too.

Another slow song, “Saving All My Love” allowed us to savor the tender moment we shared. No words were exchanged between us as we floated to the powerful and beautiful stylings of Whitney Houston.

The DJ spoiled us with more Madonna. My friends got into the groove with “Dress You Up” and we celebrated our special holiday with “Like a Virgin.”

Glen demonstrated his impressive dance skills as he jammed to my favorite recording artist. Apparently, Glen was a true-blue Madonna fan too. Fortunately for us, Katie picked the fun-loving guys to be her boyfriend. Steve was on the borderline as he contemplated his dance moves. Morgan, Katie and I cherished the efforts of our guys even more for expressing themselves. Everybody cut the rug with those lively tunes, except for Erin and her boyfriend as they walked off the dance floor because we were causing a commotion.

When we danced to "Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon, my prom date gave me his endearing cartoon look, with his heart pounding outside his chest. I couldn’t help but smile and felt a warm glow well up inside me. Peace and joy overcame me, as my dance partner and I swayed on the danced floor.

The tempo changed to a faster pace when the DJ cued “Footloose.” We let loose as soon as we heard it! The song was a pleasant reminder of the first time we kissed at the gazebo in the park after watching the movie, Footloose.

As the magical night was winding down, “You’re the Inspiration” invited couples to glide to its words of declaration. Appreciative that my date danced with me the entire evening, I cast a demure smile in his direction. Relaxed in his arms, I closed my eyes as I nuzzled into him.

“Careless Whisper” eased us into the final moments of Prom. Content, yet tired couples danced their last steps. For some, the evening was just beginning…

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Prom 2019 My daughter & her friend

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Maria T. Henriksen
Maria T. Henriksen
02 февр. 2020 г.

Darlene, I had so much writing that scene. There's more like it in Not Again.


Darlene Johnson
01 февр. 2020 г.

I love this! The prom is a special part of young people's life.


Maria T. Henriksen
Maria T. Henriksen
08 янв. 2020 г.

Prom is a right of passage and an exciting time for teens.


Lori Chasko
Lori Chasko
02 янв. 2020 г.

I How sweet!


Maria T. Henriksen
Maria T. Henriksen
24 нояб. 2019 г.

This excerpt is special to me as it enabled me to have so much fun with the fabulous 80s music. It also holds a special place for me because of the photo. The girl on the right is on the cover of Not Again & of course, there's my lovely daughter on the left. ❤

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