The lights seemed brighter than usual that night. The music louder than remembered. The movements blurred. The words slurred. The heels on the wood rung jackhammers in his head.
He clenched his teeth and dug his nails into the worn velvet of his seat to keep from squirming.
She’d worked so hard for this.
The years of training. The months of practice. The weeks of rehearsals. The days of excited anxiety as the premiere neared. The long awaited curtain calls.
He was not going to let his daughter’s performance be upstaged by a migraine. Or a stroke. Or an aneurysm.