Short Story: Runaround Sue

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Alexandra Gray


Ted is completely infatuated with a girl at the dance called Sue, but will he get her?


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Every once in a while a girl that comes along that outshines every other girl you've ever met and every other girl you'll ever meet. Looking back I don't know if I really loved Sue, or if I just thought I did. Loving her was like trying to keep hold of a fistful of sand.

Every Saturday night there was a dance at the college hall. Everybody went. Girls spent the whole day getting ready and boys spent the whole day hanging around town showing off their cars to the girls coming out of the beauty parlours. They'd holler and laugh and tease the girls in the hope that they'd catch a date to the dance. Me? I went to the dance to watch Sue.

I'd lay money on the fact that every guy around the room was watching Sue. She didn't just dance, she twirled around the dance floor like it belonged…

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Alexandra Gray said "ha ha, something like that! Will have to actually buy the record if I win the comp, you know, in honour!"
5 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "Familiar story told very well, with lots of attention to detail - many thanks and good luck, Adam."
5 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor replied saying "Of course - now I realise - you must be singing Runaround Sue in your sleep by now!"
5 years ago
Alexandra Gray replied saying "Thanks Adam, the story took its plot from the song of the same name, I even listened to it the whole time I was writing the story."
5 years ago
Alexandra Gray said "Thanks Helen!"
5 years ago
Alexandra Gray said "You're right, Jeff, six weeks is about the maximum! Normally I write stories then let them marinate but time was a factor here. Tell me more about your thoughts on my plot (because I get told that a lot and I'm not always sure what it means)? Thanks for the feedback, encouraging and constructive; the perfect mix!"
5 years ago
Helen Somers said "I enjoyed this story. As it was written in a hurry, it was a really good attempt and personally I rather liked the ending."
5 years ago
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Alexandra Gray said "Thanks Patsy, I'm glad you enjoyed it."
5 years ago
Patsy R Liles said "Well, Sue liked pretty clothes, and so did Maggie in the end, right? I am left with the preminition about that. Good story, with more time your next story will exceed this one. I'll be waiting to read it. "See you." Patsy Liles"
5 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Oh dear, didn't like Sue right from the start, this really did make me feel like giving certain people a jolly good shake, it's interesting how many stories we have had about rights of passage. I imagine it was to be expected and they all capture the agony and the ecstasy so well. enjoyed reading this. (there are one or two teeny weeny typos but they didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story too much)"
5 years ago
Alexandra Gray replied saying "Thanks Diane, sorry about the typos I wrote it for the competition when there was only two hours to go so I didn't get to sleep on it and check the next day! (Not sure about the ending either..!) Really pleased that you enjoyed reading it."
5 years ago

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