Welcome the 8LW 25 Days of Stories. Today’s entry was initially going to be about a pair of spies working undercover who had been trapped into getting married, so as not to blow their cover. Unfortunately, the bride just could not seem to keep the look of loathing off of her face during the ceremony. Fortunately, another idea came to mind.
This “Christmas Week Short Story Challenge” — a holiday version of our Friday Writing Sprints — features (some if not all) of the following words: angel, ambivalent, blaze, baffling, zipper, estate, fiasco, honeymoon, blurt, eruption, collision, diamond, mysterious, grizzly, naked, and drunk.
So without further ado here, courtesy of 8L Elizabeth, is today’s story.
A Change of Plans
Sophie stepped up on the padded dais like a queen preparing to address her subjects and turned to face the tri-paneled mirror wishing she was almost anywhere else. The glass of champagne that the bridal shop assistant was doing a marvelous job of keeping refilled barely took the edge off the pain of shopping for a wedding dress in the company of her mother and mother-in-law-to-be.
To call today’s shopping session a fiasco would be putting things mildly. One would have been hard-pressed to have found three women with more diverging tastes or stronger opinions. And don’t even start on the ulterior motives. Continue reading