Her panties were pink. He saw as she spun away to vent after losing her placing in line. She would have to go to the end of the line; which might lose her the contest, if all the places were filled. Smiling gently he caught her eye and waved her ahead of him. He wouldn’t mind standing behind such a beautiful girl for the rest of the day.

The watched and listened as the contestants ahead of them were chosen or rejected. He saw the grim smile of satisfaction as the girl who’d taken her place was asked to leave after only three steps of her tap dance. Then it was the girl’s turn to get angry. They watched in shock as she began screaming at the judges.

After she was removed, the contest continued, though it was a little difficult to focus. Rye smiled as the thought occurred to him that the girl may not have won but she was certainly a showstopper.