Moth whispers to Peaseblossom ‘has he finished horsing about?’
—’‘I think so.’
—‘Can we get offstage then? My feet are killing me.’
The unlikely fairies, aka Mona and Geraldine, have been suffering the tortures of the damned during the six-hour dress rehearsal.
—‘The idea of dressing us à la Rocky Horror Show is stupendously stupid,’ moans Mona as they shut out the world on the other side of the dressing room door. The two substantial fairies subside onto the bench with sighs of relief. Peaseblossom sticks out a foot for Moth to pull off the hideous stiletto-heeled, pointy-toed boot and Mona obligingly tugs away.
—‘My turn now’ she says, hurling the offending footwear across the room.
—‘Glory be.’ Peasblossom is pink with effort. ‘If that arrogant prat thinks I’m going to wear these things for three hours a night and six on Saturdays for the next eight weeks, he’s got another think coming. What say we get ourselves some nice comfy black trainers?’
—‘He’ll go ape.’
—‘Nah – he won’t even notice. Too busy sucking up to Kate Thingy.’
—‘Talk of the devil,’ Moth whispers as the gorgeous Titania pokes her head round the door.
—‘All right girls? Wasn’t it ghastly? Hey, where’s Cobweb?’
—‘Erm. Don’t tell his Lordship – promise? She fell asleep under the wild thyme bank at the end of Act 4 – still there for all I know. She missed Act 5 altogether!’
Kate’s tinkling laugh is the last they hear of her as she trips down the corridor to her starred chamber. The girls continue to dwell on the treatment of sore feet. They don’t laugh.
The Midweek Trifecta prompt for week 64 is for 33-333 words on the third definition of DWELL … 3.a to keep the attention directed —used with on or upon<tried not to dwell on my fears> or b : to speak or write insistently —used with on or upon<reporters dwelling on the recent scandal> As for me, I’m still trying not to dwell on the subject of coughing.