Is everything falling apart? Did I almost cry in Tesco? Maybe. Here have a thing I don't like but it's all I have.
The text had come through almost 3 hours ago. 3 hours since those 3 words had flashed up on the screen and she had smiled. There’d been a heart emoji at the end, just like always.
3 hours and so much had changed.
A prompt from Claudia S. Thank you!
Laurie was like any other person, she had layers, many of them. And if you tried to cut through to those many layers she would probably make you cry.
It wasn’t her tragic backstory (although it could certainly lead a person to tears). It wasn’t the melancholy way she spoke of her teenage years of stubborn independence. No, the tears would most likely be caused by Laurie herself. Some people cover their pain with humour. Laurie was bitingly mean when she needed to be. Keeping people at arm’s length certainly was a terrific way to never reveal her innermost thoughts and desires.
There was a girl with purple hair who sat at the same table at the same time every day.
She was beautiful.
One time her hair had faded to a weird pinkish red but the very next day it was bright purple again, shiny and vibrant against her black coat. Her nails were a matching shade and they clicked delightfully when she tapped out a text.
The world sucks right now so this is a little flight of fancy.
When the world felt like it had turned upside down Sheila liked to indulge in old habits. The burn of a cheeky cigarette, a whole bottle of wine gone in an evening, a grease-soaked takeaway. The little things that she denied herself most of the time.
The world felt all twisted up, like she was living in a parallel universe where people spewed hate without fear of retribution. She had taken to watching the news like it was a horror film. A whole bottle of wine only gave her a headache and didn’t calm her mood.
3 bottles of cheap wine
Half a dozen cans of beer
1 goldfish bowl of bad decisions
3 tbsp self doubt
3 ounces of dutch courage
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