If you like participating in writing challenges, Esther Newton often posts them – they are always interesting, and can be as short as six words long (a lot harder than you might think!). Her Monday Motivation for this week was to write a story of no more than 150 words, including the phrase ‘It was a matter of life or death.’
Here’s my attempt:
It was a matter of life or death.
Well, socially, at least. The shoes glittered as they turned on the little pedestal, faceted stones catching the light, smooth leather straps gleaming.
They were gorgeous. And far too expensive. But she could think of so many places to wear them, now that she was moving with a new crowd. And she really needed to keep up.
She bit her lip. So she’d have to eat baked beans for a month. She’d probably lose weight anyway, always a bonus. Binky had grabbed her round the hips the other day, squeezing and shrieking with laughter. ‘Oh darling, are you sure you want another profiterole?’ She had joined in with the laughter, blushing as chocolate oozed soft on her fingers, wishing she could throw it into their smirking faces.
Decision made, she picked up the shoes.
‘Do you have these in a size 6?’
That was a laugh!
Thanks, Marjorie! 😀
I like it. Lots of character in this one.
Thanks, Craig – very kind of you to say 🙂
Those are very pretty shoes. What woman hasn’t at least contemplated buying something too expensive, if they haven’t done it?
Well, exactly. And we all have our reasons for doing so 🙂 Those are actually my wedding shoes, I love them but have only worn them one other time. However, there’s a family wedding coming up next year so I might have to get them out again.
OMG! They are?! They’re gorgeous!
Thank you 🙂
Fantastic take on the line, Helen. I really enjoyed it. Love the shoes! 🙂
Thanks, Esther! And those are my wedding shoes 🙂
Wow! They sound gorgeous 🙂
Thanks, Esther 🙂 And comfy, too!
Haha! Love what you’ve captured here. And love the shoes! x
Thank you! And those are my wedding shoes 🙂
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That is brilliant!
I lost my wedding shoes a long, long time ago!
Thanks, Rajiv! I enjoyed your take on the prompt too, very creative 🙂