“Love is Magic”: An Étoile Original by Annie Honebrink

I stand in the wings, preparing for my entrance. I don’t think my heart has stopped fluttering since I first read my name next to “Marie” on the cast sheet. I am nineteen years old. I run onto the stage, the nerves staying behind in the wings. The audience, stage, and bosses’ eyes disappear, and … Continued

“Music is Love”: An Étoile Original by Annie Honebrink

I can still feel the way the notes used to move me. It didn’t matter where I was — surrounded by people in a crowded mall or alone in my bedroom — music told my body to dance, and I listened. I was unrestrained abandon. Sometimes the sounds told me to jump around and move … Continued

“Love is Funny”: An Étoile Original by Annie Honebrink

I remember the way it felt the first time. I remember the way each breath was shimmery and each heart beat held its breath waiting for the next pulse. I was afraid the moment would end — afraid the giddy beat inside my chest would disappear. I remember standing on the ledge, staring longingly at … Continued