Not-So-Haute Couture: A 99-word Flash Fiction

This week at Carrot Ranch the prompt is write a 99 word (no more, no less) flash fiction on “the prom dress didn’t fit” and to go where the prompt takes the writer. To understand this prompt more fully, read Charli Mills’ blog on the subject at and listen to the video included.

Here is this pedometer geek’s attempt at this prompt:

Not-So-Haute Couture

Steve surprised Julia by asking her to the winter semi-formal. In high school, this didn’t mean a gown, just a dressy dress. When she asked, he told her the same thing.  

Julia never went to prom; nor had a prom dress, but Julia was always worried about dressing inappropriately for events.

Julia wore her best short dress, but she was the only one. The other women wore gowns, but Steve didn’t seem to mind. He stopped and kissed her on the way in. It was her first kiss; he tasted like cherry, and she stopped worrying about her dress.  

~Nancy Brady, 2021

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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7 Responses to Not-So-Haute Couture: A 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    That sometimes is the way of it – you are told one thing and then everyone else decides to make more of something than it needed to be. My guess is those who are fashion abled – of which I am not 😉
    Glad that kiss gave her relief! 😀

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    • Yeah, I am not fashion-abled either. Personally, I still worry about wearing the wrong thing especially shoes, but I am not an Imelda Marcos. I don’t have a closet full of shoes like many do. And my shoes have to be comfortable.

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  2. calmkate says:

    so sweet, it’s what’s inside that counts 🙂 well written Nan!

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  3. The last two sentences were beautiful. A kiss can help heal a lot of things, but a kiss from someone who understands us? That’s a whole other level.

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