1. At the bus stop.
I was coming home from school one day, when I saw an old lady standing at the bus stop staring at the road , clutching a teal handbag with long bony quivering fingers.
She was dressed in a lovely expensive dress and her hair tied back in a perfect bun.
She looked like she was going somewhere special. I stared at her but she didn’t see me.
I wondered who this woman at the bus stop was.
2. Dancing With The Dead
Months later I was still thinking about the the woman at the bus stop when I was passing an old house.
I heard soft silky music coming from inside. I wondered what it was, I peeked in.
I stood there, my mouth open. It was the old woman from the bus stop!
This time her hair was wisping down her forehead and she was wearing a purple dress.
I felt scared she would see me, but something made me stay.
She was dancing so gracefully, so beautifully; she was all alone.
It felt like she was dancing with the dead.
I’m Sam (short for Samantha) I live with my brother Niall, my Mum and Lego my dog.
My Mum runs a big business so Niall has to look after me.
He usually goes out with his friends, so it’s just me and Lego most of the time.
He’s missing a leg because he saved a fox from getting hit and risked his own life.
I picked him from the rescue centre because i knew he was special, and he is.
4.The Dancer’s Story
One day when I was walking Lego I saw the woman again, she was standing beside the road shivering and a look of fear in her eye.
I plucked up the courage to ask her if she was all right.
When I asked her she smiled and said “That’s the sweetest thing any body has ever said to me. I was just trying to get across this damn road”.
She beamed her smile down on me, before I knew it I was smiling too.
When we had crossed she asked me if i’d like to have a cup of tea with her at her house. I agreed.
Suddenly my bag started ringing.
The old lady said I should take it. I checked who it was. Of course it was mum.
Finally the music died out. “Its okay just a friend” I said quickly.
I texted quickly to Mum and said JUST RAN IN TO HARRIET SHE WANTS TO SHOW ME SOMETHING AT HER HOUSE BE BACK AT 5.
I knew mum wouldn’t have approved. Sure enough it was the house I had seen her dancing in.
5 .Tea Biscuits and the truth.
I settled in a chair made of leather. Lego settled by the fire, his coat shimmering.
“What happened to your poor mutt’s leg?” the lady asked.
When the tea was ready I told her. She beamed again “Two kind people coming together, girl and dog”.
I looked around the room again this time I saw a black and white photograph hanging on the wall in an oak frame, they were all smiling.
“Is that your family?” I asked politely.
“Yes it was” she said sadly. “They all went on holiday to an island, I was no good with boats, I get terribly sea sick so I stayed here.
“There was a storm at sea and I never saw them again”.
I almost jumped into her arms and hugged her, but instead I contained myself and politely changed the subject for her “I am so sorry. What was your career?”
“I was a dancer, I did shows , I travelled and became famous . I went to France, Africa, Siberia.. anywhere you could think of.
Here I’ll show you a picture “she rummaged around in a shelf near where she was sitting and said “Aha here!”
I looked at the picture and said in disbelief “You’re the most famous dancer in the world ! You’re Martha Jones”
6 . Saying hello and goodbye.
I kept visiting Martha after school, a few years later Martha got cancer and “passed on” as she liked to say.
She left me her wedding ring and a Morroccan scarf. She meant so much to me.
I know she’s still there because she’s the Mysterious Old Woman Who Danced.
Name: Ella Bonaldi