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She hated that feeling.

She hated feeling anxious and worried about something she desperately wanted to do.

Β Pamela admired the stage, the lead singer of her church playing the guitar. She strummed quick and steady, and the rhythm β€” Oh, the delightful rhythm. Something tingled up her spine that made her want to get up out of her cushion and dance.

She then frowned. Will I ever be able to play like that?

She had always wanted to play the guitar. And obviously, her mother realizes that. Her mother bought Pamela a cute guitar about the size of her arm when she was eight, but Pamela insisted, β€œBut that’s not real.”

Then, over and over, her mother patiently lectured about how they were trying to balance the money they had. But Pamela covered her ears and repeated, β€œThat’s not real.”

When Pamela was about eleven years old in sixth grade, she was old enough to play the background guitar in church. She was extremely excited, and everyone knew what she wanted for on her birthday which was coming up in a week β€” A brand new, shiny guitar. It would be heaven. Pamela smiled and sat down confidently on her lucky, hot pink chair. She said out loud, β€œI just know it. Mother knows how much I want a guitar. She’ll buy me one, for sure.”

Then she hopped out of her chair, took out an I’M LUCKY! sticker, and pinned it to her forehead.


About a week later on a bright and early Saturday, Pamela yawned, rubbing her forehead. The sticker was still on her, and she glowed at that. It was her birthday! She could already feel the guitar on her lap, and she started to daydream.

She stuck a smile on her face. I am so excited! She thought. That guitar… Oh, she wanted it more than cake.

As she expected, of course on every birthday, her parents yelled, β€œSurprise!” She had to roll her eyes. It was kind of getting old. But the smile was still there.

β€œPamela! We got amazing gifts for you!” her mother exclaimed, grinning. Her parents exchanged small looks, and Pamela had a great feeling.

She wanted to open the biggest ones last. A patterned purse was lying in front of her. β€œSo cute!” she squealed.

Gramma sent three hundred dollars inside an envelope. Her father was impressed. β€œLook how much she cares about you!”

Other presents came β€” some from her uncle, her aunt, and her cousins. Henry, a little two year old, wrote her a heartwarming letter. Her whole family had to whisper, β€œAww.”

Then, looking around to her left and right, she searched for the guitar. But it seemed like there were no more presents in the house. Pamela was 101% confused. β€œIs that all?” she asked, her smile fading.

Her father was bewildered, but her mother just laughed. β€œYou can’t get enough of anything, can’t you?” Her mother said. She took the three hundred dollars out of Pamela’s hand, and asked, β€œTell me. What do you want to buy with the money?” She smiled as if she already knew what Pamela’s answer would be.

An O curved from her mouth. β€œI could choose anything?” Her mother nodded.

It took Pamela a while to think. She thought something was alerting her inside her brain. She tapped her foot for a little while. Then, an answer popped into her, and she slapped her head.

β€œA guitar! Of course!” she yelled. β€œWaitβ€” is that an option?”

Her father chuckled. β€œThat took you a while,” he teased.

Pamela was too eager to say anything. β€œI wanna go now, now, now, now!” She declared, jumping up and down. β€œNow!”

Her parents laughed again. β€œOf course. Let’s go get your guitar. Jacket first!”

Pamela was so overwhelmed with excitement that she didn’t bother to wear a jacket. She ignored the goosebumps that were trying to ruin the fun.


Wow! Holy moly! Pamela remembered the price tag of the guitar. Really expensive. They had to get one of the cheapest ones, a guitar for two hundred dollars. Then, her parents bought something called a pick to strum your guitar with. Β I thought they all used their fingers.

After that, they needed to buy the case for the guitar. β€œWhat?” Mother said, surprised. β€œForty dollars for a case?”



She was a few steps away from getting on stage. β€œMother, I need lessons.”

She glanced at her. β€œLessons? Of course! We already scheduled one. The lady was nice, her name is Kerry Fiske. You’ll be having lessons with her next Friday.”

Pamela groaned. β€œFriday? I can’t wait that long!”

β€œYes, you can. Let’s take things a step at a time, okay? We literally just bought your guitar today.”

Pamela was silent. She knew her mother was right. She had to take things step by step. It wouldn’t be easy to rush things.

She sighed. But waiting wasn’t so easy either.



It was the day of the lesson, and Pamela bit her lip nervously. But her heart was jumping up and down with joy. She could have danced. Carrying her guitar case with her guitar in it, she proudly went inside the room. There she expected some young adult lady help her get set up. But it wasn’t like that at all. The woman that was in front of her wasn’t a woman. She was a girl in high school.

At first, Pamela was confused. Kerry Fiske looked very familiar. β€œHi..!” Pamela stammered. "I'm Pamela."

Kerry smiled, and said, β€œCool! I’m Kerry. I love playing guitar, and I spent half an hour talking with your mother on the phone! She said you were desperate to learn. Are you?”

Pamela nodded, the excitement washing over her again. β€œI can’t wait!” she told her.

Her mother interrupted, β€œPamela, this girl is from your church. Remember her? The lead singer from church two weeks ago? She sings and she plays the guitar!”

Pamela’s smile widened. β€œWow! That is you! I can’t wait to learn guitar from you!” she said, delighted.

Some more conversations and questions were said and asked, and then it was the questions about the payment. Pamela suddenly shivered and shifted her right leg behind her left. She glanced down at her guitar. When will the lesson start?

Kerry noticed, and informed her, β€œYou and your parents came twenty minutes early. We can start early if you want.”

Pamela cheered up. β€œI’d like to,” she replied shyly.

Inside of her, her heart was beating. Her first lesson! Her favorite instrument! It was all too good to be true. She would learn the different parts of the guitar, how to make those beautiful strums…

Kerry waited for Pamela to get settled in her seat. Then, she took out a folded piece of paper and caught Pamela’s eye.

Kerry said, β€œToday, we will be learning about the different parts of the instrument, and learning how to tune this.”

Pamela drooped. β€œT-that’s it? What about playing some music? I can pick out some songs online, and you can teach me some chords, and the strums and how to hold the pick, and what to do if I drop my pick inside the guitar, and—”

Kerry just laughed. β€œSlow down there. We have to take everything step by step. And before you know it, you’ll be just a few steps away to be a great guitarist. Hey, you can even play the guitar at our church!”

β€œThat’s exactly what I want to do!”

She kept smiling. β€œPamela, if you want to do that, then we have to take it slowly. After we learn more about the guitar, maybe after two lessons, we can learn some chords.”

β€œTwo lessons? That’s two weeks!”

β€œIt will be worth it, I promise you. Time flies! In a flash, you’ll be a few steps away.”

Pamela inhaled. That isn’t what she wanted to do. She wanted to learn all the chords in the whole chord book, then learn the strums, and do everything at the same time. She had room in her brain for everything! But like Kerry and her mother said, Step by step. It sounds easy, but it’s not easy.

But if Pamela were to be a world-famous guitarist someday, she will definitely write in her advice bookβ€”

Take things step by step because before you know it, you’ll only be a few steps away.

Β 





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Batool Hussain
06:37 Jul 06, 2020

Hello Kendra! I was going through your profile and decided to leave a comment on this story of yours. Gotta say, very unique! Just know that all of your stories are always great. I particularly loved this one. Also I posted a new story and would love some feedback from you on it;)

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Aw, thank you! I'd be happy to read your new story! Thanks for commenting on this one :)

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Batool Hussain
16:26 Jul 06, 2020

You're welcome! Anticipating for your feedback;)

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Pamela Bennett
14:55 May 28, 2020

What a coincidence! My name is Pamela also. This kind of reminds me of my childhood! Pamela and I seem related ;) Great story~

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Lol. What a beautiful name you have! I'm glad I used that name for this story! Thank you lots! πŸ˜„

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Pamela Bennett
15:01 May 28, 2020

Thank you. I also love your name too! And no problem, I love to encourage writers, as they inspire us. πŸ’œπŸ’•

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Enuica Drakeson
03:13 May 27, 2020

Simply beautiful. πŸ’—

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Thanks! I actually couldn't decide if I should name it "Step by Step" or "Few Step Away." I hope I made the rightdecision! !

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Ella Harban
08:37 May 24, 2020

Such a great story. I loved it, keep up the great work. Have a nice day. :)

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Thank you so much, Ella! Have a nice day also ^^

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Daryl Gravesande
02:12 May 24, 2020

I love this story! I'd appreciate it if you check out mine! I need some constructive criticism, so I'd love to hear what you think! Tell me your fave part, and what I can do better! Thanks!

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I will definitely read your story! I will read it sometime tomorrow, I look forward to it! πŸ’—πŸ’—

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Avani Gupta
00:56 May 20, 2020

Hi, Kendra! I loved this storyβ€”absolutely adorable! Would you mind reading my storiesβ€”"ONE LIE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING" and "ONE LAST GOLDEN DAY"β€”I would really appreciate it!

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I would definitely read your story! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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Avani Gupta
01:31 May 20, 2020

Thank you so much, Kendra! You inspire me so much and I am so glad that you can give me feedback on my stories!!

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Avani Gupta
15:22 May 20, 2020

:)

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Ray Van horn
01:25 May 15, 2020

Captures the joy of discovery of talent and the overwhelming ambition to blossom said talent, brought to earth by the realities behind the pursuit.

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Lara Macgregor
01:02 May 05, 2020

So realistic. Good story.

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Lara Macgregor
03:11 May 05, 2020

You're welcome. :)

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A.r. Eakle
16:34 May 02, 2020

I could really feel Pamela's emotions build up through this story. It kind of gives you this, "What's going to happen next?" feeling. I was so worried that she wouldn't get her guitar! You really make the reader connect in this story, and I think that gives it a great tone.

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Sorry for the late comment! And I'm glad I kept suspense in my story! Glad you enjoyed! ❀

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Zsofia Toth
11:14 May 02, 2020

I could really feel her excitement and can really relate for her eagerness for taking it all at once. Really a great story, hope to improve my writings to the same level (step by step... I knooooow just read it, but still...)

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Rachelle Mckeown
22:45 Apr 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this! I agree with Avani with regard to smoothing out your narration (it felt like you jumped around a bit), but overall, well done! Pamela's character is so relatable and lovable. Reading this is bringing out my inner child, which is something I definitely need right now.

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Thank you! I also appreciate the feedback :) I got the idea of Pamela's personality because it reminded me of my childhood. I guess I inspired myself!

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04:10 Apr 30, 2020

Reader could experience the character's anticipation.

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Riddhi S.
17:57 Apr 29, 2020

Wow! This story was so enjoyable. I truly admired it. :D

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Johanna J
17:33 Apr 29, 2020

It's beautiful! I'd been waiting for a prompt like this to describe my own experiences with an instrument, and this story just seemed to get my attention. So great, I love it!!!!!

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Avani Gupta
12:57 Apr 29, 2020

I loved how the story flowed with each other! When I first read it, I didn't think you chose the right prompt, but I turned out to be wrong! My only suggestion would be to smooth out the overall narrating, and a couple of those transitions! Keep up the great work! πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

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Thank you! I also appreciate the feedback~

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Avani Gupta
15:47 Apr 29, 2020

No problem!

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Kira Kloehn
17:12 Apr 28, 2020

Great story! I could feel pamela’s excitement! Well done! If you are willing to take a look at my stories that would be great! I would really appreciate your opinion.

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Nora Reed
15:34 Apr 28, 2020

I've never played the guitar, but I have always admired the instrument and music. I love reading about her struggle to learn, it was real and wonderful. Amazing work!

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Izzie Q.
13:11 Apr 28, 2020

Wow, I love playing the guitar too! You really captured the essence, fabulous job! Do you play? I loved your story overall, very cute, but maybe smooth out the transitions. Just a suggestion!

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Thanks for the feedback! It'll help me later on with my next stories. πŸ˜„ Yes, I play the guitar. It's my favorite instrument! ^^

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Izzie Q.
16:50 Apr 28, 2020

Amazing!

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Camille Suzan
23:40 Apr 27, 2020

I never touched a guitar before in my life, but I enjoyed Pamela's story about her love for the guitar. Great work! I can almost feel the touch of the strings~

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Avani Gupta
00:29 May 02, 2020

LMAO! I feel you, girl! πŸ˜‚

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Camille Suzan
03:09 May 27, 2020

Loll! Very late reply, sorry, but yep! I totally feel it! πŸ˜†

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Avani Gupta
13:46 May 27, 2020

Haha

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Taskin Hasan
18:06 Apr 27, 2020

Loved your story on guiter learning! That's one of my favourite instrument that I'd love to learn too! So it kind of touched me the most!

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