Photo Copyright – Janet Webb
“May I borrow your scandalous dress?”
He and I often talked in the hall about books. When I mentioned reading the Scarlet Letter for class, I could not breathe and neither could he. Yet he gazes at my window when he walks past.
I hang the dress from my balcony. Realizing he might see up its skirt, my warm blush of cheek spreads like wildfire.
“Do you have a date?” Heather with the makeup in 3B asked.
“Not yet,” I said, shocking us both, but a lady must be bold if she wants a date with a man shyer than an Amish woman who is new to the world.
OK, I went with the Rumspringa. Actually, she left the Amish because she wanted to finish her education that was ended (against her wishes) after the eighth grade and to go on to college which means that she will have to make her way alone in the outside world, shunned by her family and former community. This bit of background came from a talk I attended by the author Saloma Miller Furlong whose autobiography “Why I Left the Amish” described her own journey to fulfillment and freedom in the outside world.
This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers, a group of writers devoted to crafting 100 word stories from a photo prompt (this one was actually 109). Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for the Amish inspiration and to Janet Webb for providing this intriguing photo (and a flag for everyone to rally around). Here’s another that went with the Amish theme. To find out what the rest of the Friday Fictioneers did with the pink dress click here.