“The new clothes you just bought at the mall have shape-shifted to rags by the time you returned home.”
– a prompt for this week’s CW piece.
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She didn’t hear him come into the house until he tapped her on the shoulder.
“Barb, you alright?” – he asked while kissing her on the cheek.
“Yes, Honey, I’m alright. Just thinking…” – she answered as she drifted off again.
She thought about how horrible her day had been. First she spilled her freshly made coffee all over her neatly ironed blouse. Then, she realized there was no more coffee left to brew. The traffic on her way to work was worse than usual, and she arrived an hour late. That was all too much stress for Barb to handle before noon. A demanding client pushed her over the edge, and she snapped. Needless to say, she was asked to clean out her office and leave the premises. As she sat in her car, she called Nancy to complain about her day and hopefully hear some comforting words, but Nancy had a bad day of her own and wouldn’t have any of Barb’s drama. Their conversation finished with shouts and curses.
There was no one she could turn to for support. She couldn’t tell Todd she got fired. They were saving money to buy a new house. He would be upset to hear they lost half their income. She spent a few minutes crying in the parking lot, but then pulled herself together and drove home. However, because there was nothing to do at home, Barb decided to take the scenic route through the downtown streets, instead of taking the highway straight back. As she passed GUCCI’s storefront, she could not stop but marvel at the display. She stopped the car, parked and went in. Once she stepped inside all her sorrows dissipated. It was a whole other world. She was happy.
“Barbara, I asked you a question!” – he said slightly irritated.
He stood there with her newest purchase in hand.
“Todd, I’m sorry. The dress looked so beautiful on the manequin at the store that I just HAD to have it. But once I got home, it somehow turned into rugs. It must be that marketing magic, I tell ya!” – she said not knowing whom she was trying to convince.
“Just like all the other ones that you’ve never worn, but refuse to return? Still with their tags on.” – he said and let out a sigh.
“Exactly! I think we need to let your sister know we won’t be coming to the wedding. I just have nothing to wear” – she said, looking at her color-coded closet full of rags with tags.
She was thinking back to the day she got fired. That was over a month ago.
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