From https://carrotranch.com, April 20, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a navel story. Respond by April 25, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published April 26). Mine follows. What do you think?

Ghawazee

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

Dumbeks drummed a summons, and dancers stepped from hidden corners, bells tinkling with each movement. Tentative as deer approaching a clearing, the graceful women searched for authorities who declared dancing a crime. They hopped in time, their footfalls punctuating the rhythm. The beat quickened. Their skirts and veils eddied around lithe forms. They reached heaven-ward, exposing glimpses of navels whittled with exertion. Colorful tassels bounced from tribal belts, and tinny bells added to the magic of the dance.

A whistle warns, and they scatter, but for the length of a song, they re-created their heritage and defied the regime.

ghawazee by David Roberts

*image by David Roberts

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