She silently slips her bruised foot into the satin, pink pointe shoe.  Presses toes against the firm box.  Lambswool hugs each phalange to reduce blistering.  Gel spacers tucked in place to alleviate pain.  Prevent friction.  She strategically wraps the two long, flat ribbons around her slender ankle.  Opposite directions.  Overlapping in the front forming a cross.  A pause for prayer.  Ties the melted (to prevent fraying) ends in a knot.  Tucks the knot under the ribbon.  On the inside of the ankle.  Hiding the twisted truth from view.  Stands.  Pirouettes.  Lowers her head.  Her eyes.  Curtseys.