109: ‘Good To Be A Man’ by Elle King

Sara doesn’t just dance. She also gets a good talk.

Sara does not have the best opinion of men. And King, the guy she is talking to, does nothing to help that opinion. In his defence, he owns up to it. He admits to not having a conscience and not feeling bad for the awful things he says.

This makes him a perfect target for Sara’s venting: About men drinking until they get mean, chewing tobacco, always having to be right, cheating and just doing dumb things because they should. She tells a story about a guy she knew, who got stuck in a ditch, which she knew, he would.

They agree that being a man is damn good these days.

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108: ‘Lose It’ by Oh Wonder

Sara has been messing with an ex-boyfriend’s emotions as revenge. That has however reminded her, that she hasn’t felt this kind of intimacy in a long time. Now she misses it.

So she goes out and finds someone to dance with. She doesn’t even know their name, but she gets the sense of closeness. Her dance partner is so skinny, she can feel their bones beneath their skin. She feels a blood rush in the hazy glow, her heart skips a beat.

Her dance partner feels it too. They look at her wide-eyed. There is a spark between them, a fire in a silver dream. It’s a simple connection, presence in its most basic state.

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99: ‘She Hates Me’ by Puddle of Mudd

Mudd meets a woman and falls in love. For about a week and a half, everything is grand.

Then he slowly remembers that he has met her before. In fact, he has dated her before. And he has broken her heart before. And she hates him for it. This is her revenge.

She doesn’t come out of the experience scot-free either, though…

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94: ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ by Carrie Underwood

It had been a long time since Sara kicked out her married lover.

One day she gets a call from his wife, Evanescence. The wife who apparently doesn’t know that he had cheated on her, which he had led Sara to believe.

Evanescence is shocked to find out. She herself has been flirting with someone else and hidden that, but couldn’t bear the thought of him having an actual, real affair. Sara assures her, that he need not know anything about her flirting. Not yet, anyhow. She should wait for the exact right time to tell him.

Two months later they finally meet each other at the husband’s funeral. both the preacher and his brother have good things to say about him, but the two women don’t even cry. They do all things you’re supposed to do: put a rose down and throw a handful of dirt in the grave, but all with dry eyes. But Evanescence also throws down a letter telling him everything. She has not said anything to him while he was alive.

Sara sees her do it. They smile knowingly and both walk away.

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87: ‘Sucker for Pain’ by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors

Our three main characters are all working towards something at the moment.

Sara teaches young girls to dance. More than that She teaches young girls to be confident. She takes the pain from her own life and uses it to help them. She makes this so much part of her identity she has tattoos dedicated to it. She has a bit of an attitude. This resonates with young girls who also have the world against them and they gravitate towards her classes, even if they aren’t dedicated to dancing. But she won’t allow them to put in less effort in it because of that. But it does make her very aware of her responsibility, and she continually pressures herself to live up to it.

Will loves partying, but he is also a pre-med. And at the moment he is dedicating more time to that responsibility. He’s going to be a doctor with people’s lives in his hands and he wants to be ready for it. It’s hard and brings a lot of sleepless nights much less enjoyable than the ones he spends partying or with his on-off girlfriend, but it’s worth it.

Fergie is focused too, but her goal is not as noble. She is trying to get to get a woman to leave her husband for her.It is not going well and that hurts. But no way she’s letting the husband (or anyone else for that matter) know that. She keeps up the act that she’s going to steal her from him, even if it is nowhere near true. and unfortunately, she can’t party her way out of this one.

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85: ‘Perfect’ by P!nk

Sara has not had an easy life. Her parents didn’t like her much and that lead her to making bad decisions. Now she’s better and actively inspires young women to be confident.

One of these students needs a little more attention. Even as they others start listening to Sara’s lessons, she still talks herself down. Sara takes her aside for a private talk to tell her that she is perfect and shouldn’t be so mean to herself.

The girl smiles and goes home, leaving Sara alone to reflect. As confident as she has become, she still blames herself for hurting her siblings, and the reactions she got, and still gets, for the way she expresses herself, does leave an imprint. She supposes that she too sometimes could use having someone tell her, she was perfect.

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82: ‘Remember Everything’ by Five Finger Death Punch

Sara is a grown-up now and tries not to think about her childhood anymore. That becomes difficult her brother and sister are suddenly standing in front of her door.

Their parents had big expectations to their children. Expectations that no one could live up to, as Sara realised one fateful day. So she stopped trying and became an outcast. It worked – for her.

Her siblings were less lucky. Now having an example of failure readily at hand, their parents pressed their other children even harder. Sara didn’t blame herself then. She did what she had to to survive. And it drove the siblings apart.

Now Sara regrets and tries to tell them. They’re not interested in hearing it. From what they’ve seen, she hasn’t changed one bit and likely won’t. But they need to speak to her and asks to be let in.

That activates Sara’s anger and she refuses. She closes the door in their faces For a moment the siblings stand there with a barrier between them, forever marked by their childhood, wondering how, if at all, anything could have gone differently.

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Once again it past midnight. But when I schedule posts they get published two hours later than I set it to, so by that logic, I’m still on time… barely. EDIT: Excellent! Apparently it now takes the two-hour delay into account even when publishing and I am in fact actually, not technically, on time.