Tale Weaver – #319 – The Ugly Duckling – 18th March

This week Michael asks us to write our version of an “Ugly Duckling” story.
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It was easy to hide behind her mask. With carefully applied makeup, she could look out at the world with confidence, knowing that what people saw was only on the surface.
It hadn’t always been like this, the need to camouflage her true self, but she had been disappointed and hurt on so many occasions, now it was just second nature.
As a child, she had been the centre of attention, always the one preferred over others. Never unnoticed in a crowd, she stood out like a sore thumb.
As she got older, her life was not her own. There was always someone wanting to propel her forward, push her beyond endurance, capitalize on her popularity.
Family betrayal had been the final straw, and she had left with little other than the clothes on her back, her makeup case, and a few hundred bucks.
Surprisingly she found it easy to invent a new persona, one that would never be identified with the person she was. She kept herself to herself, deterred romantic interest, and her few new friends often laughed about her not being able to face the day without her makeup in place.
She laughed with them of course. If they could see her fresh faced, they would recognise the starlet of yesteryear, a child star of natural beauty which had been a curse, rather than a gift.

About pensitivity101

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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8 Responses to Tale Weaver – #319 – The Ugly Duckling – 18th March

  1. Sadje says:

    Rather a sad story.

  2. Great story Di. I never thought to go that way with the prompt.

  3. willowdot21 says:

    And there were so many. I like this Di it’s very clever. 💜💜

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