The Dress

It fit!  It finally fit.  The dress that she’d been wearing the night she met Tom.  She’d been at a fundraising ball to benefit one of the local museums, and had stepped into the garden for some fresh air.  Tom was there too, hiding.  The music from the band spilled through the open doors, and he’d asked her to dance.  They were married a year later.

Lately, Tom stopped looking at her the way he once did.  She killed herself in the gym for the past six months, determined to get into that magical dress again.  And now she had.  He would see her again.

“Are you ready?”  Tom asked, heading for the door, barely giving her a backwards glance.

Her stomach fell.  She felt the tears coming but refused to let them fall.  “I don’t feel very well.  I think I’ll stay home tonight.”

Tom let the door slam behind him as he left.  She sat at the table and laid her head down, realizing maybe it was time she found her own magic.

For Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers

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20 comments on “The Dress

  1. That is a sad story Jenn! It seems the romance has disappeared from their marriage. Hopefully, she will be able to bring the magic back to their marriage. Wonderful story!

  2. Sonya says:

    There’s so much in this: her elation, their backstory, their current situation, the big disappointment and finally her aha moment. Seems like a lot to fit into such few words, but it doesn’t read forced at all. It’s great writing, Jenn! Hope she finds her magic…

  3. Martin Flux says:

    I read “She killed herself” and for a second it looked like a different story altogether … and then I finished the sentence. In the end, it came across really well (for me as a reader at least—not so much for the character)!

  4. I hope that she finds her own magic once again 🙂 very well written.

  5. justmaria says:

    I hope she finds someone who will love her for who she really is.

  6. Excellent story! I like how she realizes that the fault in her marriage didn’t lie in her looks.

  7. Susan Langer says:

    Good story. Sounds like the hubby has some other interest…Too bad for her but she’ll rebound nicely. ;

  8. That’s a great ending Jenn, and yes it is time to find her own magic…very well done…

  9. She needs to get out of her situation or at least have a talk with Tom and find out where he sees them going. The fault is not with her weight, things like this don’t change with a dress. Great writing!

  10. Deb says:

    She has the fortitude to lose weight and fit into the dress again, now she has to do it for herself an no one else, especially Tom!! Very well written.

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