Behind the curtain, Kath shook and quivered. Her entire future was relying on this moment. She had to get this right. Her purple dress sparkled but her stomach twisted.
What if something went wrong? She thought.
Her mind whirled while everything inside her tightened. Palms sweaty, she gripped the microphone and hoped it wouldn’t slip from her grasp. She tucked her brown hair behind her ear and breathed deep. Butterflies filled her stomach as her name rang out over to speaker into the auditorium. She stepped onto the dark stage, anxiously waiting for the lights to come up. Dreading the hundreds of eyes staring into her, she re-gripped the mike and breathed in more. As the lights came up on her, she felt like an animal in a zoo. Their brightness beat down on her like the scorching rays of the sun. The butterflies filling her stomach tossed and turned and Kath felt sick. She froze, her eyes darting around the auditorium. She pulled the microphone up to her mouth worrying about the sound that would come out.
“Um- Hi.” A squealing noise filled the room. Kath could see people in the first row laughing.
She shriveled and felt herself turn pink in the embarrassment. She was caught. And lost. She breathed in again.
“Sorry.” She smiled an apologetic smile, “I’m Kathleen. Kath for short.” Eyes frozen on her, Kath continued, “I’m going to be singing for you.” The shows coordinator nodded from the stage wings, “Um- I’m going to sing Praying by Kesha.”
She hear whispers of doubt around the room but tried to block it out. The backing track started playing and her part started. Suddenly, she was singing. Her surprise soon fueled her, and she let it all out. Focusing on one note to the next, she forgot about the hundred of eyes. The further into the song, the easier it got. As she reached the hardest part in the song, she could feel the audience leaning in the hear her sing. She opened her eyes, not afraid. Without trouble, her voice flew to the high note and her stomach un-knotted, letting her butterflies escape.
As the music faded out, the applause rang through her brain. She bowed beaming brighter than the lights and felt her world fade away. Kath could feel excitement and pride flooding through her. For the first time in 5 years, she had sang in front of people. But this time, it wouldn’t be her last.