That's my line.
That's all it takes.
I just have to say that and hand the cup to Tommy.
I have done it a thousand times before.
But this is different! This is in front of people. They are judging us!
Shut up brain
One line then the next.
Closer and closer to my scene.
Where is the cup?
I am about to go up onto the stage and stutter out my line,
A flash of light illuminates the theater for a few seconds
Then all is quiet
The calm before the storm.
My teacher steps on stage and tells everyone the lights went out because of the storm.
I smile at my good fortune
The audience groans and heads home.
In the car ride back,
My mom tells me how unfortunate it is about my line.
I nod along
But in my head