This week’s Flash Fiction Challenge comes from Carrot Ranch.
In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about old world charm. It can be nostalgic or irreverent. You can invent an “old world,” return to migrant roots or recall ancient times. Go where the prompt leads you!
Notes before reading: Yangge is a type of Chinese folk dance that originated in the Song Dynasty. The most well-known troupe is Shenyun Performing Arts and they perform all over the world.
The villagers waited a month for the yangge dancers to come to their village. They prepared the stage and makeshift dressing rooms for these special guests.
Drums, trumpets, and gongs set the mood.
The audience watched and listened intently as the dancers sung. The love story that blossomed between two young farmers. Then they leaped into the air as if they were flying, then landed gracefully as if they were on a cloud, a spectacular performance of martial arts.
As the performance concluded, villagers were invited to join the dancers and have a parade. A feast concluded the festivities.
Thanks for reading.