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Smile through

February 17, 2022

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s story challenge.
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about zippers.

Smile through

Deb once described her childhood as ‘difficult’. When her therapist asked her to explain, she shut down. She never returned to therapy.

Deb reminisces sometimes, summons childhood memories. Today is such a day: You’re wearing that dress? Don’t be stupid. What were you thinking? Don’t be a cry-baby. Don’t be afraid.

Deb learned to keep her lips zippered and her thoughts to herself.

Deb grew up. She made her way. She became successful. She accepts her hidden scars and doesn’t mourn their origin. She still keeps her lips zippered, but she can smile through the teeth of her chain.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2022 1:49 pm

    Michael, that last line makes me have so many different thoughts at once! She found a way to live with the zipper.


  2. February 24, 2022 9:26 am

    That was very saddening but beautiful at the same time.


  3. February 25, 2022 7:46 am

    That is a powerful last line about what feels like a sad life.


  4. February 25, 2022 10:23 am

    “She accepts her hidden scars,” I applaud her. That is so hard for so many. Great take on the prompt.



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