Audience: Young Adult?
Notes: This is a story seed I’m interested in developing. I’m not sure what the heart of the story is yet, or which bits of conflict are worth expanding on. I just have a strong impression of this magical dance, and the friendship between the girl and her mentor.
Sofia Mirelda is a street dancer, locally infamous for her use of forbidden magic. She is shy and duty-driven, with dance as her only outlet as she cares for ailing family members. When a talent scout for Korros Dance Academy invites her to join one of the most prestigious dance schools in the kingdom, her sense of duty forces her to turn them down.
From that point on, bad luck follows Sofia everywhere. City Marshals get anonymous tips of the illegal performances; money disappears from Sofia’s bowl; and superstitious businesses are beginning to shoo her from their doorsteps. Finally, Sofia’s house-- with her family still inside-- burns down, and Sofia is left on the streets alone. She is quickly caught and tried for her crimes.
The talent scout returns, offering to buy Sofia out of prison. With the threat of slavery looming, Sofia is quick to accept the offer.
Sofia quickly makes enemies of the other students at her new school, facing jealousy over her dancing and teasing for her shyness. She no longer dances for the love of it, but pours herself into it for duty. Unused and shoved away, her magic begins to fade.
One day, her classmates plan to sneak out and Sofia follows them. Through eavesdropping, she learns of the rumors that have surrounded her: They say the fire was set on purpose, with magic, to force Sofia into the school.
The next day, Sofia refuses to dance. Her instructors try to persuade and eventually force her. Nothing works until Sofia is taken under the wing of the talent scout who originally recruited her. At first the pair hate each other, but as they’re forced to spend time together, Sofia discovers she was recruited for more than her ability with dance and magic. The dance school is part of a grand design to rid the kingdom of magic for good, and the scout sees glimpses of Sofia’s free spirit, which might just be enough to fight the school and win if she can let go of her duty.
Sofia agrees to resume dancing in public, but in private, the pair practice intense magics. Sofia finds her old sense of magic returning and must overcome her shy nature to befriend her once cruel classmates and rally against the institution to bring magic back to the kingdom.