For this year's A-Z Challenge I have selected a word from the dictionary for each day and written a story around it with a 100 word limit. For extra interest I have chosen words that are unknown or unfamiliar to me. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 2007 Edition. Today's word is Hobbledehoy.
Hobbledehoy: A clumsy or awkward youth.
Zebediah watched the village dance he wasn’t allowed into. Just because he wasn’t graceful, they jeered and called him “hobbledehoy”. Well, he could do things they couldn’t. He watched the other youths doing their fancy moves and shuffled his oversized feet. Two couples stumbled and fell on top of each other in the circle and got up again, laughing off their embarrassment, but then it happened to more and more in some beautiful domino effect. The band stopped playing while the dancers disentangled themselves and shook their heads.
Zebediah laughed. Unlike that lot, his feet had real magic in them.