Journal Entry No. 3

This journal prompt was to write a short story from randomly chosen columns with different prompts. I am not a writer, so be easy on me!

Amelia was a talented ballet dancer from Brazil. She was quiet and kept to herself. She was living in New York City and training at the ballet school there. She was having a hard time making friends due to her introverted personality and from the language barrier.

For the holiday break, Amelia was able to fly back home.

While home, in the jungles of South America, she discovered a shocking secret. While hiking alone, Amelia stumbled upon a remote operation that was creating a secret formula from an herb found only in the deepest part of the jungle.

Now, Amelia hadn’t quite discovered this yet. She had tripped and hit her head and blacked out. The next thing she knew, she was waking up in the local hospital with a cast on her foot! How was she to finish her ballet training! She would lose her coveted spot now! She wept at this thought. Dancing let her introverted self open up. It was like therapy to her.

In about an hour, her parents came to get her and take her home. They cried when they saw her cast. It was late in the day now, so Amelia went to bed, ready to call the ballet school in the morning.

When she woke up, she felt so energized! She forgot about her broken foot and hopped out of bed. “Clump!” went her hard cast on the wood floor. She looked down in surprise. Her foot! Aww, it was broken! But, she felt no pain. She went into the kitchen where she heard her parents whispering. They stopped when they heard her and looked in surprise as she hobbled over without any crutches. She said, “My foot! It doesn’t cause me any pain when I walk!” They decided to go to the hospital after eating breakfast to get another x-ray.

The doctors were astounded to see that her foot was completely healed! They went back and forth looking at the x-rays from the day before. It was unbelievable! Amelia was ecstatic! She would be able to dance again!That night she packed her bags. Her return flight was early the next morning.At the airport, a man slipped a letter into bag. She didn’t see it until she was flying. As she read the letter, she let out a gasp! The building she had stumbled upon was something amazing! The letter explained that they had brought her inside the building and given her a dose of a secret herb unknown to the world, except for a few that worked there and now, Amelia. They said this is what had healed her foot so miraculously. But, they said she must not tell a soul for her future career would be jeopardized. She was afraid what would happen to her. The letter went on to say that she must contact them if she notices any side effects that came on suddenly or if she noticed anything else. She had one more year of school. Her parents were struggling to pay for it. Amelia didn’t know if she would be able to return for her final semester. As she was contemplating what to do, a letter arrived for her. It was from the people that had given her the miracle herb. They asked her to meet them that night, no harm would come to her. That night, she met with them. They wanted her to take a smaller dosage of the herb for the net 6 months and she would be greatly compensated. This was an answer to her money problem! It would pay for her to finish school. She accepted.Everything was joining well for the next 3 months, but in month 4, right before her graduation, she noticed she was having a hard time remembering things. It was so gradual she thought it was only from the stress of this last semester. She pushed on. She graduated ballet school at long last. The night of her graduation, she was out celebrating with a few friends, she blacked out. When she woke up, she couldn’t remember who she was or where she was. Several weeks passed by and she didn’t improve. The doctors detected an interesting thing, she had early on-set Alzheimer’s. They were befuddled to see this in such a hound woman. After another month passed, her parents finally found her. They took her home to live with them. For many years to come, they received money, every month, from an anonymous donor. They said they had admired Amelia’s dancing and wanted to help her after hearing of her illness.

After three years had gone by, Elia started doing ballet moves whenever she heard music. She never gained her complete memory back, but was able to remember dancing. It was ingrained in her soul, that would never be taken from her.

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