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Connection through motion | Flash Fiction

By Kristen BalyeatPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Photo by Kazuo ota on Unsplash

Thousands of miles from her country and verbally disconnected from her new community, she finds a universal language—dance.

Music radiates through her body, filling every inch of her soul with ecstatic joy. Movement connects her to a society she doesn't understand, liberating feelings she can't put into their words, cauterizing a chasmal cultural disparity.

Her flow is commemoratory yet mournful. Her sway translates honor for the traditions of a country she was forced to leave behind. In her movement, she finds a link beyond language.

Energetic connections form as the room oscillates to the same vibrations. For the first time since arriving in this country, she feels understood. Her isolation mended through motion.

As the closing song plays, she holds on to each reverberation like her life depends on it. She fears her only link to this new world is slowly slipping through her fingers with every fleeting note. When the music finally ends, the deafening silence is pierced by low chatter as loneliness rings through her ears.

Lights slowly rise, illuminating her dissimilarities and exposing the void in her heart. Her eyes slowly scan the room, connecting with those once lost in the rhythms that bridged their differences. Their warm smiles let her know she is welcome and not alone, and she realizes their newly formed bond is beyond translation.

Tomorrow, she will dance again.

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About the Creator

Kristen Balyeat

Words fly to me on the wind, bump into me as I'm strolling the city, splash me in the face while I rest by the river, and shake me awake in the middle of the night– I’m humbly one of the many vessels they use to come to life.

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  • Arbab2 months ago


  • Brilliant! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    & congrats on your leaderboard recognition! 😊👍🎉🎉

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    This poetic dance is pure magic, congratulations on the Top Story!

  • Naomi Gold2 months ago

    I remember when this was 100 words (or less?) and I love how gracefully you expanded it. Congrats on Top Story! 🥂

  • Mohammed Darasi2 months ago

    Congratulations on top story Kristen 😊. Had a feeling I would see it here soon 😉

  • PK Colleran2 months ago

    Beautiful. I like how you describe the dancer and yet give her no name or country. As a reader, I know who she is in my mind. Lovely writing. Thank you.

  • Beautiful story that really captures the heart and soul of the dancer!! 💙Anneliese

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    So beautifully written and so deserving of a Top Story.

  • Congratulations… So beautiful 🥹

  • Ramoon Mal2 months ago


  • Enwerem2 months ago

    Nice article

  • Phil Flannery2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story. It seems music and dance can bridge gaps. Well written.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story,

  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    I remember this one Kristen!! Congrats! Did u change communities or something? 😊👏

  • Loubana Aamiar2 months ago


  • Earl W. Pearl2 months ago

    Congratulations Kristen. You definitely still got it.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is magical. So beautifully done. Congrats on the TS.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Awesomely written!!! Music and dance can break down communication barriers. Loved this!!!

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    Congrats on the Top Story! I remember this one from awhile back! ❤️😁❤️

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    I really adore how you used dance to represent a translated language, a universally translated language. Beautiful, to imagine the dance itself, but feel the emotions predominantly. And then, at the end, seeing how the bond is BEYOND translation--a fantastic subversion that rings true. Like, the process of the dance, the motion itself, is one language translated to another, but the result is so transcendent, that an actual, audible, translation is not needed.

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Just back to say a super casual congrats on Top Story, pal!!!

  • Teresa Renton2 months ago

    Stunning portrayal of unspoken communication through dance. I loved the build-up th the final ‘aaah’ moment 😍

  • Is this one you've submitted to the writing awards? I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

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