“What a hideous shoe.  Actually it looks kind of like the ones you’re wearing,” Elle remarked.  “When are you going to let me give you a makeover?  I mean, you know I love you, but you’re kind of clueless about this kind of thing.”

“These shoes were a gift from my mom,” Denise answered.  “She took me shopping yesterday.”

“Oh,” Elle said instead of apologizing.  She would have looked embarrassed, if she were the kind of person that got embarrassed.  “So, where do you want to go to lunch?”

“I think I’ll walk to the bistro across the street.  Alone.”

For Friday Fictioneers!


20 comments on “Toxic

  1. Annie says:

    Oh my. Talk about toxic. Sadly, there are people like Elle around!

  2. Hiba says:

    Ha! Good thing the girl knows to stay away from toxic people.

    • Jenn says:

      Yep me too. In reality, I wish I had done the same. It took me a long time to break away from a “friend” like this. Thanks for reading.

      • Hiba says:

        I’ve been through it too. Took me years. But I’m glad it’s over now.
        It’s so relieving to be able to breathe pure air again after having to breathe that which was polluted by such people…
        I’m glad for you 🙂

      • Jenn says:

        Thanks! I’m glad for you too.

  3. Sonya says:

    I think we’ve all had “friends” like that… Nice take on the prompt!

  4. Good on Denise for having a backbone.

  5. Dear Jenn,

    I think Denise was wise to walk away from that toxic ‘friendship.’ Good one.



  6. With friends like that, who needs depressants? 😐

  7. ceayr says:

    Neat little tale, and with a moral.
    Well done.

  8. rogershipp says:

    With those kind of friends…. Great decision. Well done.

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