The basket would not sit still on the table. The lighting was perfect, but likely to change at any minute, and the basket refused to sit still. The cause of its unusually animated state stuck a nose out, and whined in a slightly worried tone. Then tipped the basket over, spilling its contents across the table. Eight puppies, suddenly liberated from the confines of the basket, set out to explore their new environment.
It wasn’t that much larger, of course. The table was only a couple of feet square, covered with a yellow cloth and eight black puppies spilling out of the basket that now lay on its side.
With that, the composition was perfect.
Later, in the darkroom, it became clear that even in the perfect light, puppies can and will move as fast as needed to avoid being in perfect focus.
Beauty was her talent and mission
Diet, wardrobe her only thoughts
Prepared talents for pageants
Unhappy with losing
Sees only what helps
Win at all cost
If Beauty lost
Wants better stories
Many Beauties vying
Makes even better stories
Underdogs winning sells papers
Writer needs more than one contestant