The Mannequin…Friday Fictioneers: 23rd June, 2022.

Every morning, Amy watched the elderly man who was clearly love struck by the mannequin bride in the window. As tears rolled down his weathered cheeks, Amy wished she was more like her mum with a knack of talking to strangers and easing grief. Instead, she observed, paralyzed… a mannequin herself.

“How much for the woman in the window?” He asked.

“She’s not for sale. Only the dress.”

 “When I saw my Audrey walking down the aisle, I was the happiest man alive. Now, there’s just me.”

Amy paused.

Somehow, she’d have to explain the missing mannequin to the boss.

….

100 words PHOTO PROMPT © John Nixon

I am thinking this story would suit a longer format…even to just 500 words. I see the occasional wedding dress in the opportunity or charity shops and it always makes me wonder how they got there. Why did someone pass them on? Naturally, the divorce rate doesn’t help, but if I was divorced, would I part with the dress even though I’d parted with the groom? An interesting question. Any thoughts?

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields at https://rochellewisoff.com/ We’d love you to join us!

Meanwhile, I’m having quite a momentous week. I signed up for and have started an online freelance journalism course on Monday and tonight I was elected Vice President of the school Parents & Citizens Association (P& C). I’m not sure where all this is heading but I’m certainly extending myself.

Best wishes,

Rowena

20 thoughts on “The Mannequin…Friday Fictioneers: 23rd June, 2022.

  1. Iain Kelly

    A lovely gesture. We chose a similar topic today, but while yours comes across as sweet, mine is altogether more sinister – I like that!

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Keith. I’m not sure whether you’ve come across a Facebook group called “The Kindness Pandemic”. It started up during covid lockdown and people post stories of kindness and they’re so encouraging. This story was my own, but there are thousands of stories like this where kindness overrides policy, unfamiliarity and inhibition. They’re so encouraging. Here’s a link to their website: https://www.thekindnesspandemic.org/ best wishes,
    Rowena

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Penny. It was harder than usual to get what I wanted to say contained in the 100 word limit, especially with her giving him the mannequin at the end.
    I’ve seen a documentary about people who have robots as partners. Indeed, people have married their robots. It’s all beyond my experience but its been hard for friends of mine to meet someone and have been single for a long time. II don’t know…

  4. Bill

    I have no ideas for explaining the lost mannequin, But great story.

    As for your question on longer (short story), I would say most definitely. I couldn’t tell if you’ve read either Neil’s or Iain’s stories, but I would begin there..

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Bill. I haven’t read their stories yet. I’ve been reading magazines for my freelance journalism course and so far I am elucidated to the point of confusion. I’ll go and catch up now.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thank you. I am hoping that the last couple of years during the pandemic have made people kinder and more compassionate. However, I was talking to our local police recently and they said people have become more rude. That’s been my recent observation too.

  7. Margaret

    She’s got a good heart. I think her boss’s reaction to the missing mannequin will depend on how much Amy asks the customer to pay for it. 😉

  8. Rowena Post author

    Good point, Margaret. I was thinking she might give it away but a reasonable price might be win win. After all, he was offering to pay.

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