Despite countless weeks spent on coding and design, she’d almost forgotten the outfit.
School notification; dance-hall activated.
Eyes closed, chest tight, time to upload.
Other students uploaded too, filling the dark virtual dance-hall with a chaos of colour. The guests contrasting with timber decor meant for long-lost tuxedos and ballgowns.
She took a moment to escape above the excitement, drifting in a sleek, flight-encoded, wavelength-shifting jumpsuit.
Someone announced her name, startling her as she landed.
Everyone cheered. Friends embraced her.
She’d won best-dressed.
Breathing deep, she ascended again in a shimmer, and soared, feeling free and utterly glorious.
© 2021 Rebecca Glaessner
September 2: Flash Fiction Challenge « Carrot Ranch
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to the theme, “not everyone fits a prom dress.” You can take inspiration from Ellis Delaney’s song, the photo, or any spark of imagination. Who doesn’t fit and why? What is the tone? You can set the genre. Go where the prompt leads!
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