dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Thursday, 19 December 2019

The one wherein Liz is a spokeschild for the severe performance anxiety that the pageant director doesn't realize that all of her charges feel.

(Original Publication Date, 20 December 1990)

Panel 1: We move ahead in time to the night of the Ice Follies and, as any major dude could expect, Liz and Dawn are as nervous as anything. Elizabeth panics because this is it because tonight, it's for real while Dawn is intimidated by the size of the crowd.

Panel 2: As she prepares to go out onto the rink, Liz is scared beyond belief. Her stomach hurts and her hands are all sweaty.

Panel 3: She is afraid that she will forget everything she learned. She is afraid that she will screw up. She is afraid that she will make a complete fool of herself in front of everyone she's ever known. She is every person who's ever had to do anything in public.

Panel 4: The payoff is that we contrast the fact that she's not alone in being terrified of messing up with the pageant director's cheery comment about remembering that they are all there to have fun.

Summary: This is where you'd say "No pressure....except all of the pressure ever forever." This is also where the real conflict begins. Liz has actual legitimate concerns that needs must be swept under the rug because the adults in her vicinity want to deal with Suddenly Wonderful Children who do not have any concerns whatsoever because it's beneath their dignity for adults to have to concern themselves with said concerns.

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