A click rang through my ears as I locked the door. A bang sounded off around me as I dropped the toilet seat. All of my senses were blind, yet my taste was heightened. I sat down and let my feet dangle in open space, toes much too young to touch the ground. The walls around me vibrated and a sugar plum anthem pounded in the room next door. The door rattled with knocks, dancers hurrying to use the bathroom in between rehearsals. Bobby pins littered the floor, and a run in my tights that was once the end of the world was now deemed insignificant.
My arms grasped a happy yellow handle, my stomach rumbled with fear. A forgotten lunch had forced my father to drop off the forbidden red box sitting in my lap.
I tore through the paper, pink nail polish flaking off of my fingers. I reached inside and pulled out my delicious contraband.
My baby teeth broke through the sesame bun, as my small eyes swelled. I forced myself to swallow the meat, my throat succumbing to salt from both the pickles and my tears.
Ketchup burned, dripping red with the pain from my soul.
I was the exemplary representation of a young ballerina. A girl struggling to find balance between two notions. The first that you must never starve yourself, and the second that you must never eat unhealthy
A splatter of ketchup fell onto my leg Once I left that room everyone would know what it was
Everyone would know what I had done
At only seven years old I had already earned my scarlet letter