Sunday, 15 April 2007
12:03:46 AM (GMT)
The girl hurried through her schoolwork as fast as she could. It was the night of
the high school dance, along about 70 years ago in the town of Kingsville, Texas. The
girl was so excited about the dance. She had bought a brand new, sparkly red dress
for the dance. She knew she looked smashing in it. It was gone to be the best evening
of her life.
Then her mother came in the house, looking pale and determined.
"You are not going to that dance," her mother said.
"But why?" the girl asked her mother.
"I've just been talking to the preacher. He says the dance is going to be for the
devil. You are absolutely forbidden to go," her mother said.
The girl nodded as if she accepted her mother's words. But she was determined to go
to the dance. As soon as her mother was busy, she put on her brand new red dress and
ran down to the K.C. Hall where the dance was being held.
As soon as she walked into the room, all the guys turned to look at her. She was
startled by all the attention. Normally, no one noticed her. Her mother sometimes
accused her of being too awkward to get a boyfriend. But she was not awkward that
night. The boys in her class were fighting with each other to dance with her.
Later, she broke away from the crowd and went to the table to get some punch to
drink. She heard a sudden hush. The music stopped. When she turned, she saw a
handsome man with jet black hair and clothes standing next to her.
"Dance with me," he said.
She managed to stammer a "yes", completely stunned by this gorgeous man. He led her
out on the dance floor. The music sprang up at once. She found herself dancing better
than she had ever danced before. They were the center of attention.
Then the man spun her around and around. She gasped for breath, trying to step out of
the spin. But he spun her faster and faster. Her feet felt hot. The floor seemed to
melt under her. He spun her even faster. She was spinning so fast that a cloud of
dust flew up around them both so that they were hidden from the crowd.
When the dust settled, the girl was gone. The man in black bowed once to the crowd
and disappeared. The devil had come to his party and he had spun the girl all the way