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dancer, zero

by S. Michael Choi

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Copyright 2012, S. Michael Choi.

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Tatiana, the new girl, arrived in English IIIA amidst a murmur of expectation. We had already heard a beautiful Russian "princess" was coming to our own boring little neck of New Jersey, and her first impression on us was no disappointment. I think a gasp went around the classroom: she was slender, well-proportioned (her head a trifle overlarge). Her face was very beautiful. Princess indeed. But even then, at our first meeting, I noted the slight shadow under her eyes, suggesting an interior darkness. Her slenderness, fey, yet also verged on anorexia. I knew there was trouble lurking under the placid surface, but this was only encouragement for me. What do you want from truly perfected goddesses?

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