She took a deep breath to steady herself. The curtains were shut in front of her, the stage and audience beyond. Her limbs became loose and limber as she worked through her warm up routine and waited for her cue.
This was the final test for her. After tonight she was free and could go where she wanted. She could travel to the desserts in the far south. She could go north, try and find her family. After all this time, they probably wouldn’t be there. After what happened, they probably weren’t even alive.
The music soared and her cue arrived. She took a step forward and the curtains opened.