"The Party's Over" by Tracey Walsh
She'd have done anything to be picked as Lord Lloyd-Webber's Nancy. Queued for hours to get into the auditions but was rejected as too young. Same thing with Maria, and too old for Dorothy or the dozens of Matildas that came along later. Frustrated, she restricted her singing to the occasional karaoke competition just to remind herself that she did have a talent.
Long after she swore she'd never join the cattle market that was the X Factor auditions, she was scrolling through her Facebook updates and there it was, her dream job:
‘Promoted by Princess Parties: Can you sing like a Disney Princess? Do you love kids and want to earn a second income? Click here!’
She sailed through the audition and turned up for Princess Practice that weekend. It was all quite straightforward - parents with more money than patience booked a 'Disney Princess' to entertain at their kid's party. Singing talent was a bonus but mainly it was crowd control.
Home exhausted after her first booking she snapped. She just wanted to make some money from her talent and, yes, get some recognition. How had it come to this? She didn't sleep that night. By morning she'd come up with her action plan.
The next party would be her swan song and to make sure people remembered her name she was going to take everyone with her. It shouldn't take the investigators long to spot the method. Just a slight change to the plot of Sleeping Beauty - all the little darlings joining her to take a special sleeping potion, but the twist is they'll never wake up.
Tiny twinge of conscience about the distraught parents. Anyone's little one off to a party this weekend? It could be you.
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