Ristica had been living in Grenner Valley her whole life, never leaving or exploring. She lived with her parents and worked at a local bookstore.
Working at the bookstore was a small win for Ristica. She was getting a decent salary and she could get the latest books on employee discount. Ristica loved reading and books are what inspired her to start her blog.
Working at the bookstore was never what Ristica always wanted to do with her life. Most days in the store were quiet and uneventful and Ristica wanted nothing more than to be somewhere else.
Greener Valley consisted of mostly farms and little stores but there were places on the edge of town that the more adventurous town folk and visitors would go. One of such places was a local theatre called Barley’s and Brook where every Friday night…
Ristica the bookstore clerk became…
‘Delilah’ the Dancer
Most people did it for the chance at fame and fortune but Ristica did it for the thrill, the experience and for the love of dancing. All Ristica wanted to do was dance and so every time she put on that glittery dress, pale mask, those green contact lenses and that pink wig, she felt so alive.
The costume not only helped her to create her character but it also made it easier to conceal her identity. She never told her parents about her dancing because dancing in exotic outfits was something that Grenner Valley girls didn’t do.
Ristica eventually quit her job at the bookstore because she wanted to do more dancing. She couldn’t tell her parents about the reason why she quit her bookstore job so instead she lied and told them that she was getting all her income from her blog and didn’t need that job.
Ristica’s father was furious about her quitting her job. He didn’t believe the story about the blog and demanded proof. When she didn’t have any proof, he accused her of stealing his belongings and selling them for profit.
Her father had always been difficult to live with but after Ristica quit the bookstore arguments broke out almost every day, each time getting more heated and more violent than the last. Ristica couldn’t stand it. She felt so afraid.
One night she phoned her cousin Ice to confide in her. Ristica and Ice had always been close since childhood, although Ice and her parents were living in Golrifison City and only visited on some holidays.
Ristica told Ice about her dancing, quitting her job and lying about her blog. Ice was understanding and suggested that Ristica move in with her in Golrifison City right away. For months the two of them had been playfully talking about Ristica moving to the city but this time Ice was serious. She was worried that Ristica’s father might harm her one day.
Ristica immediately started packing to leave and embark on the wildest move of her life.
Ristica wanted to sneak out at and disappear that night because she didn’t want her father to see her and try to stop her. Instead, she had to wait till morning for Ice to make the long drive from Golrifison City.
On her last night in Grenner Valley, she could barely sleep. All she could think about was the adventure ahead of her in a new city with a whole new life. The thought of being her stage persona everyday excited her.
What does Ristica truly want?
Ristica wants adventure, excitement and a place that has no boundaries but is she ready for all of that?
Read on to find out!