The Kickoff Party

February 26, 2020 at 9:51 am 38 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 28 February 2020

 Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
Version One
 
Six months after he was replaced, David was still pining for his role in the Broadway musical.

Consequently, he couldn’t contain his excitement when he told his wife that he was invited to the kickoff party for the coming season.

“Have fun,” she said.

At the party, he was greeted warmly. And yet, something wasn’t quite right. He felt out of place.

It became more clear when it was over. He walked alone to the subway station while the rest went back to work. By now, he realized it was time to move on and let go of the past.

Version Two
 
Six months after he was replaced, David was still pining for his role in the Broadway musical.

Consequently, he couldn’t contain his excitement when he was invited to the kickoff party for the coming season. He was hoping to get a shot as an alternate.

At the party, he was greeted warmly by his fellow actors, but sadly no offer was made. As it went on, he became more ill at ease and felt he didn’t belong.

It became more apparent when the party was over. He walked alone to the subway station while the rest went back to work.

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38 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  February 26, 2020 at 10:35 am

    At least they seem to have liked him

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  February 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      neil:

      if there’s any consolation, that’s it.

      Reply
  • 3. Susan A Eames  |  February 26, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Sometimes it takes a while to realise it’s time to let things go. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  February 26, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      susan:

      finally he did. better late than never.

      Reply
  • 5. Dale  |  February 26, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Awww… sad state of affairs for him…

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  February 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      dale:

      it happens. hopefully, he gets over it.

      Reply
      • 7. Dale  |  February 26, 2020 at 6:50 pm

        🙂

        Reply
  • 8. Iain Kelly  |  February 26, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Those dreams are hard to give up, hopefully he finds a new one.

    Reply
    • 9. plaridel  |  February 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      iain:

      like they say, it’s about persistence. when one door closes, another one opens.

      Reply
  • 10. rochellewisoff  |  February 26, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    Hopefully he’s find his niche elsewhere. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 11. plaridel  |  February 26, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      rochelle:

      i’m sure he’ll do.

      Reply
  • 12. msjadeli  |  February 26, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    It never feels good to be left out.

    Reply
    • 13. plaridel  |  February 27, 2020 at 8:49 am

      msjadeli:

      i truly can relate. it happens to me too. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Tannille  |  February 26, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Tough reality of being an actor. There aren’t enough parts for everyone. Hope he finds a new dream.

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  February 27, 2020 at 8:49 am

      tannille:

      he shouldn’t give up. like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

      Reply
  • 17. draliman  |  February 26, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    At least he wasn’t forgotten. I preferred version one, as any hopes he might have had are left to the reader’s imagination. It reminds me of people who are invited to “one last Christmas party” after they’ve left work.

    Reply
    • 18. plaridel  |  February 27, 2020 at 8:49 am

      draliman:

      it was tough for me to fit everything in 100 words so i had to create two versions. glad you liked version one. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. Innerdialects  |  February 27, 2020 at 12:59 am

    You feel for him. You wonder!

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  February 27, 2020 at 8:49 am

      innerdialects:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
      • 21. Innerdialects  |  February 29, 2020 at 12:46 am

        You welcome!🌻

        Reply
        • 22. plaridel  |  March 2, 2020 at 2:47 pm

          innerdialects:

          alright! alright! 🙂

          Reply
  • 23. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 27, 2020 at 3:50 am

    How sad. If only producers didn’t use the same actors over and over again there would be more opportunities for others. Nicely done plaridel.

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  February 27, 2020 at 8:48 am

      keith:

      it’s the game they play and many are willing to play it.

      Reply
  • 25. pennygadd51  |  February 27, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Good story. It’s definitely time for David to move on. How can he leverage the experience, I wonder? BTW I preferred version 1.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  February 28, 2020 at 8:49 am

      penny:

      he wasn’t the only one who found himself in that situation. he’d find another job if he keeps on looking.

      Reply
  • 27. ceayr  |  February 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    I felt Version 1 was much stronger, a well told tale

    Reply
    • 28. plaridel  |  February 28, 2020 at 8:49 am

      ceayr:

      thank you. version 2 was an afterthought.

      Reply
  • 29. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Maybe it’s a good thing to really put an end to this… there are more dreams to catch.

    Reply
    • 30. plaridel  |  February 28, 2020 at 8:49 am

      björn:

      you bet, he just needs to keep his eyes open.

      Reply
  • 31. susanmehr  |  February 28, 2020 at 3:21 am

    I liked version 1. I guess it was time to move on.

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  February 28, 2020 at 8:48 am

      susan:

      i guess the jury is out that version 1 is better. 🙂

      Reply
  • 33. Alicia Jamtaas  |  February 28, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Hope springs eternal.

    Reply
    • 34. plaridel  |  March 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      alicia:

      he’s keeping his fingers crossed.

      Reply
  • 35. granonine  |  February 29, 2020 at 8:25 am

    How sad. Liked, but not wanted. I imagine him leaving, alone, feeling very much “put in his place.”

    Reply
    • 36. plaridel  |  March 2, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      linda:

      it was an experience we don’t want to relive.

      Reply
  • 37. michaelwynnauthor  |  March 3, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Sooner or later you have to get the message, even if it’s one you hope to never hear. Sad for him.

    Reply
    • 38. plaridel  |  March 4, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      mick:

      such is life.

      Reply

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