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While the scarf’s owner hummed lightly, Anna reached her fingers out instinctively to handle the delicate material. Flecks of gold caught the dim underground lighting.


Oblivious to Anna’s reach, the woman continued to bob her head along rhythmically. Anna intertwined the golden fringe into a braid. A smile crossed her youthful face as she remembered her mother’s bedtime fairytale from the previous night. Cascading visions of Rapunzel’s golden locks emerged into Anna’s daydream.


The train stopped at 125th Street and the woman with the golden scarf exited, leaving Anna alone with her fairytale.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.