The Grand Jete

It’s Fandango’s Friday Flashback!  This story was originally written for MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie.

Once upon a time, there lived a giant named Frank whose left foot was bigger than his right. Of course, when he went to the Jaunty Giant Shoe Emporium, they wouldn’t allow him purchase two different sized shoes. Frank couldn’t afford two pair, so he had to make do with only one shoe that fit properly.

One day, as he was romping through the forest like a behemoth ballerina, Frank’s right shoe slipped off and went flying as he executed a Grand Jete.

Susan Marie Shuman/ SusanWritesPrecise
A Grand Jete


Eventually, the errant shoe landed— with no reported injuries— 50 miles away in the tiny hamlet of Runtsville. The name of the tiny enclave describes its residents to a tee. Anyway, a homeless Runtsville family could not believe their luck! Not only was their new home nearly brand new, but it came complete with shiny white shoe laces which lent a nice decorative touch.

They let the shoe air out for several days, installed a roof, built a front door and set up housekeeping.

As for Frank the Giant, he was picked up by the Big Boys Ballet Troupe and fitted for ballet slippers that fit both of his feet.

And he Grand Jeted awkwardly ever after.




Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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