📙 Next Generation

As Marina rummaged through her grandfather's attic, she stumbled upon a dusty old photo album. Flipping through its pages, she was transported to a world of long ago, where a boy with an uncanny resemblance to someone she knew posed in the most unbelievable ways!

She couldn't stop flipping through the pages, double-checking if it was one or two people in each photo. Some poses were so incredible that she had to do a triple take – was it really just one boy or did he have no spine!?

It was like a magic trick! Marina couldn't believe her luck at discovering such an extraordinary album. She must have hit the jackpot on this day, and it made her feel like a real treasure hunter.

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As she flipped through the pages, the grandpa's chuckling voice echoed behind her shoulder. "Ah, there it is!" he exclaimed with amusement. "I remember this album like it was yesterday," he added, his eyes glinting with nostalgia as he gazed upon the old photographs. "Oh my, it's been almost half a century!"

Marina gasped in shock as she suddenly understood the truth. "Gramps, is that boy in the photo really you?!" she asked, her voice trembling with excitement.

The grandfather's eyes twinkled with amusement as he replied, "I know, it's hard to believe it's been so long ago now!"

Marina's jaw dropped as she recalled hearing some of these incredible stories from her grandfather's youth before. Words like "caoutchouc" and "snake boy" that had previously been confusing for her now held a newfound meaning after seeing the pictures!

"Gramps, how could you have done such amazing things?" she asked, her eyes shining with wonder. "It's just so hard to imagine!"

Grandpa's eyes twinkled as he reminisced about his childhood. "My mother was the one who invested the most time into it since I was just a little boy. She was truly remarkable!" He smiled warmly. "It made her so happy when I accomplished something, so I always tried my best to impress her every day."

Marina's voice filled with awe and admiration. "Wow, this is just amazing! I wish I could learn to bend like that, it looks like so much fun!" She giggled, unable to contain her enthusiasm. "I would do it all day if I could!"

The grandfather chuckled at Marina's eagerness. "Well now, if you promise to be patient, I might just have a thing or two to teach you."

"Oh my gosh, really?!" Marina's face lit up with excitement as she bounced on her toes. "Can we start right now? I promise to be as patient as the door rug!!"

The grandfather grinned mischievously at Marina. "Well then, let's see what my dear granddaughter is made of! Hehe..."

The grandfather nodded in agreement. "Alright then, let's see what my granddaughter is made of, hehe..."

Marina rolled her eyes good-naturedly, ready to take on whatever challenges lay ahead.

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Grandpa chuckled at Marina's eagerness and agreed to teach her. He knew it wouldn't be easy, but he was proud to pass on his knowledge to the next generation.

Over the next few weeks, Marina dedicated herself to learning the art of contortionism. She practiced every day, pushing herself to new limits as she tried to master each new move. Her grandfather watched with pride as she progressed, offering guidance and encouragement along the way.

As Marina's skills improved, she began to understand just how difficult and time-consuming the practice was. She admired her grandfather even more for his dedication and hard work in his youth.

One day, as Marina was practicing a particularly challenging move, she suddenly felt a pop in her back. She winced in pain and collapsed to the ground, tears streaming down her face.

Her grandfather rushed over to her side, concerned for his dear granddaughter. He gently helped her sit up and examined her back, frowning as he saw the telltale signs of a strain.

"You need to take a break, Marina," he said firmly. "Contortionism is not something to be taken lightly. It requires patience, dedication, and most importantly, caution."

Marina sighed and got up from the mat. She felt a twinge of disappointment that she had to stop when she almost touched her butt to her own head, but she knew it was for the best. "Okay," she said reluctantly. She couldn't possibly bend any more today even if she really, really wanted to.

Settled comfortably in her favorite chair, she leisurely flipped through the photo album that had become her most treasured book since the day she first held it. She couldn't help but marvel at every pose her grandfather had masterfully executed as a boy, and she made a promise to herself to learn each and every one of them. The thought of impressing her grandfather with her newly acquired skills filled her with a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that she was learning from such an exceptional performer.

As she gazed upon the stunning photographs for an entire hour, she was taken aback by a sudden realization – her spine had fully recovered! The weeks of dedicated stretching must have paid off, as her muscles had learned to heal quickly. Filled with excitement and eagerness, she leaped up from her seat and eagerly anticipated resuming her stretching routine.

Marina had learned her lesson from the small injury that had sidelined her for a whole hour. She was now taking things slow but steady, and after a few more days of practice, she finally mastered her first pose – the "triplefold". While it was one of the simpler poses in the photo album, Marina felt a sense of accomplishment and pride knowing that she had taken the first step towards achieving her goal. She couldn't wait to tackle the more challenging poses and push herself further!

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Over time, Marina's dedication and hard work paid off, and she became a prodigy in backbending. She found that passive stretching was key to her progress, as it allowed her muscles to relax more deeply into the position. With the help of her grandfather, who held her in place, she could achieve greater flexibility and range of motion. Marina's love for contortion only grew stronger with each passing day, and she continued to push herself to new limits.

As Marina's fame grew, she found herself being interviewed on television. She was asked if she planned to work in the circus and if she intended to teach her own children contortion in the future. Marina thought for a moment before answering with a resounding "yes" to both questions. In fact, she even suggested that regular schools should offer contortion classes, as she would love to become a teacher one day. The interviewer was fascinated by Marina's passion and enthusiasm, and the audience couldn't help but be captivated by her infectious energy. It was clear that Marina was not only a talented contortionist, but also a true inspiration to those around her.

Marina was thrilled when she received a phone call from the government congratulating her on her idea of adding contortion classes to regular education. The woman on the other end praised Marina's hard work and talent, and revealed that next year they planned to open contortion clubs in popular summer camps so that school kids could practice during their summer vacations. Marina was honored to be invited to one of the best summer camps to share her experience and help set everything up properly.

Marina just couldn't wait for the next summer! On her birthday, her grandfather surprised her with an incredible one piece swimsuit that she couldn't wait to try out. She eagerly jumped into it and performed a stretch test, which worked flawlessly. With the help of her grandfather, Marina attempted some more advanced positions. The red leotard hugged her body like a second skin and looked stunning in photos and mirror selfies. It allowed for maximum movement, and as she twisted and bent into different positions, she felt empowered by the outfit's support. It was clear that this was meant for extreme contortionists like herself!

Marina was sitting on the edge of her head, eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer. With the season's warm rays, she hoped to indulge in her passion for contortion by the sea. Moreover, she was excited about sharing her experience with a group of school kids who would be eager to learn the art. The upcoming summer promised to be an exhilarating time for her as she looked forward to immersing herself in the world of contortion!...

What do you think? 😄
The old version was already beautiful but this is an incredible upgrade. A masterpiece! Read more
So glad you liked it! Truth be told, I was pretty darn impressed myself and now it looks like a proper family pic, just like I wanted it to look years ago! Read more
Wonderful story! Read more
Thanks for taking the time to read! Glad you found it enjoyable too! :D Read more
Awww... That was super sweet. I love it!
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