Victoria and her sister Elizabeth spent their Sundays in the shopping district of their small town, on what they called their "promenade," saying the word in the closest thing they could affect to a french accent.

They would start in cafes and sip teas or coffees, nibbling shortbread, or butter cookies. They would each attempt to look both beautiful but also very bored, and would study each other for comparison later on.

When their cups were empty, they would walk, slowly, and purposefully along the narrow cobblestone streets. Looking in the window display of the second-hand and conscription stores and imagining, wishing they were staring at the haute-couture boutiques of Paris or Versailles.

They did this every Sunday until Victoria came down with consumption and could not longer get out of bed.


Want to comment? Login or Join

Login Sign up

CraigTowsley (joined over 11 years ago)
Visit Website

I think this site is like a power juicer to the armadillo-skinned oranges of writer's block.

No favorites

Story information


Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0


We like you. Say "Hi."