Amelia Groves challenges us to write a 150-Word Story on ‘Something Borrowed’ that strangely has to reference a purchase. This is my take on the prompt. I initially wrote without attention to the word count, which led me to over 200 words! I painstakingly chopped off words to make it exactly 150 and now, I can’t decide if I like it as much as the unaltered one. Anyhow, tell me what you think of this piece – or what it made you think of.
You don’t get to have a conscience. I numbingly wear my pants. I knew the first time was going to be hard, but I didn’t think it’d be this soul-crushing. I guess the Christian guilt never really leaves, does it?
“You look as though you’re dying to have your body back,” she says.
My pensiveness dissipates. I turn my head towards her. Her rueful expression perplexes me. “Sorry?”
“No, it’s just that you seemed miles away. And I was…” She looks away, “nothing…”
I pull her close. “Don’t be silly! I was just thinking about how I was gonna be late for my next appointment,” I say. “Why would it be about you? You were… are perfect – best I’ve ever had.” I wink.
She blushes. “You should grab a cab.” She hands me the cash. Extra hundred – smooth!
The only use I’ve had for my performing arts degree, apparently.