Dressed for the Prom #flashfiction

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to 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!

While prom is not ‘a thing’ here in Australia, our graduating students have formals and semi-formals, we all know what it is from television shows and movies.

Dressed for the Prom

She surprised them when she emerged, resplendent in formal gown, announcing, “I’m going to the prom.” With a smile as wide as a rainbow after rain, she twirled for them to admire her from every angle. Gorgeous, they agreed, though it was a little wide in the shoulders and a little long in the hem. The neckline would be revealing without underclothes. Someone suggested the beads were overdone, that one or two strands would suffice, but the decision was made. As soon as Billy arrived in the limo for big sister Maud, she was ready. What was keeping him?

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50 thoughts on “Dressed for the Prom #flashfiction

  1. roughwighting

    Adorable! I bet little sister would have been a hit at the prom, if she was allowed to go. In my small New Jersey town, the prom was a big thing, and I did go to the Junior Prom (with a guy friend and it was not much fun) and the Senior Prom with my then boyfriend. I realized that the prep beforehand (we seniors decorated the gym for a week before the big dance) was much more fun than the actual event.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I agree with you about little sister. 💖
      I’m pleased you have some good memories of your prom, Pam. Sometimes the best memories come in unexpected ways.

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I didn’t go to my own prom, but I did a couple of years later with a girl after I’d graduated. It was an odd feeling for me to feel old and slightly out of place at age 20. Great job on the prompt!

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  4. Miriam Hurdle

    There were no proms last year. I can see how disappointing the high school students were. Even graduation was a drive-through, getting out of the car to receive the diploma and get back into the car! Well done with your flash, Norah.

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          1. Miriam Hurdle

            You’re exactly right, Norah. My granddaughter Nora was not sociable right after things and places open up. It took a long time for her to warm up with me. She started going to daycare this month and hopefully she picks up and interacts with other kids.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for your kind comment, Barbara. I think it paints a nice picture of her big sister and her boyfriend too. I hope so anyway. 🙂
      Yes, I’m doing well, thank you. I hope you are too. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thanks, Jacqui. Maud and Billy may have had trouble getting away. I’m sure Billy would tell her how gorgeous she looks and maybe have a dance with her before they leave. I think it’s a loving family with kind kids.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Sarah. No, he’ll show. The mc is the little sister who’d love to go with them. She’s just impatient for him to come. I’m sorry it wasn’t clear. Thanks for your comment letting me know.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I’m pleased you enjoyed it, Anne, and realised it was about the child. I’m not sure how she’ll cope when she can’t go with them. They obviously include her at other times. Maybe he’ll have a dance with her before they leave.
      I haven’t read The Member of the Wedding. Should I? I’m listening to The Gods of Love at the moment.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I know. I don’t think the little one will be happy when they go without her. It’s always difficult being left behind. Especially when you so want to go, and you’re so ready. 😉

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  5. Annika Perry

    Norah, I enjoyed your piece on the Prom! A tradition that’s come over from America to the U.K. but is also known as a formal. My son’s was three years ago and the shopping for the three piece suit, very snazzy indeed, became an event itself! It’s special to see the young people all dressed up and so excited, heading out on the road of adulthood!

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