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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
- TITLE: Something White
By Erin Brannan
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"Oh my gosh!" the girl shrieked. "Congratulations! You must be so excited." I managed a small smile. She didn't know.
I followed her back to a small rack with spring dresses. I didn't see anything I liked. Holding back tears I thanked her as she pulled a few and hung them on the dressing room door. I was exhausted. I was scared. I was heartbroken. I sank to the floor and put my hand on my slightly swollen belly. I'm sorry baby, I cried silently. The tears began to pour and I couldn't stop them. This is not how I wanted it to be. Where was the excitement and the joy? Where was my mother smiling and fluffing my veil? How could I have let this happen?
I stared up at the dresses hanging above me. The longer I looked the more hideous they became. Nothing was going right. I had to leave. I stood slowly, gripping the bench for support. A wave of nausea hit me and I had to sit down.
After a few moments the salesgirl knocked on my door. "I found another one honey," she called. "It just came in. I'll leave it on the door for you."
"Thanks!" I choked. After a few deep breaths I reached over the door and grabbed the dress. Pulling it down I gasped. It was perfect. Soft cream fabric flowed over a halter neckline. Simple, yet beautiful. "Thank you God," I whispered as I slipped it over my head. It fit just right. I twirled and a small smile spread across my face.
"How're you doing in there?" the girl called out. "Better," I said smiling. "I'll take it."
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