Sunday Photo Fiction – August 19, 2018

Here is this week’s prompt, submitted by Anurag Bakhshi
Stan came home to find his wife in tears.
Sitting down, he waited for her to tell him what was wrong.
‘It cost over fifty pounds,’ she hiccoughed between sobs, ‘Fifty pounds for something so pretty.’
Stan didn’t understand, and gently asked what had set her back so much money.
‘My dress for the wedding,’ she said. ‘I saw it on the mannequin in the shop, and tried it on. It was a perfect fit, and I already had accessories to go with it. I can’t take it back, and I can’t wear it.’
She sank her head into her hands and cried bitterly.
‘Is there something wrong with it, like it’s damaged and you didn’t notice?’
‘No. It’s fine. But if I wore it now, I’d be the laughing stock of the village.’
‘Just look outside! That Mrs Randell from Number 3 has dressed a scarecrow in the exact same frock I’ve bought!’
‘Why would Mrs Randell pay fifty pounds for a dress to put on a scarecrow?’ Stan was totally baffled.
‘She didn’t! She got hers for two pounds from a charity jumble sale two days ago!’
Stan didn’t know whether to laugh or cry with her.

199 words

Written for Susan’s Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge:

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – August 19, 2018

  1. Susan says:

    What an entertaining story. You hit a home run in my opinion

  2. michael1148humphris says:

    Some times life throws one such a curved ball, great story telling

  3. abhiray59 says:

    Ok, nice twist in the tail. Price is the issue not dress or appearance. Great!

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Oh no! What a disaster.:-)

    • I can see the funny side, as I remember two girls (who absolutely hated each other) wearing the same dress at the Christmas Party. Luckily they were not seated at the same table!

  5. Ha ha ha, that’s got to hurt.

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