Another wedding

“Mrs. Hart, are you awake”

Myra woke with a jolt from the banging on her door. It didn’t look like morning yet, but she could hear the lashes from the rain on her window.

It had been late the previous night and it was time for final fitting. She caressed the pristine silk before she opened.

Mrs. Weber and daughter were waiting outside.

“Your wedding-dress is ready”, Myra smiled, but her stomach felt like it was laced with ice.

“Oh, it’s fantastic, just like new”.

Remembering the last time, Myra sighed, mothers should never bury their daughters on their wedding-days.

I wanted to tell a story that really require more words, I hope it works, so I’m curious what you read into the story…

Friday Fictioneers is laced together by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who is just about to release her third book in her trilogy. If you are interested in poetry we are currently collecting poem for an anthology at dVerse. Every week we will select a couple of poems for each from the link-ups.)

September 7, 2016

90 responses to “Another wedding

  1. Myra Heart. So close to Mirror Heart. This tells me she feels deep empathy for her client.

    Being that “daughters” is plural, I think the mother has some sort of “curse” upon her; each time her daughter tries to get married, the girl dies. There could be any number of stories under here, and any number of weddings or almost-weddings. Then the dress could be for the mother or the daughter. The mom could have been getting married but had to cancel her plans when her daughter died, was killed, or committed suicide.

    What do you think happened?

  2. Love this, Bjorn.
    I read it that the heartbroken seamstress – ‘caressed the pristine silk’ – was selling her dead daughter’s refitted wedding dress.
    And that poor girl did not have much of a honeymoon!

  3. That must have been extremely hard for the mother, but keeping the dress may have been even harder. Beautiful and sad.

  4. The first time I read it I thought the seamstress had made the girl’s wedding dress and it was being re-modeled for the mother to now bury that same daughter in it. Reading it a second time and I changed my mind. That’s the art of a good story, so many possibilities each time you read it 🙂

  5. Sad – I’m reading that Myra buried her daughter on her wedding day, and now every time she makes a wedding dress for someone else it all comes rushing back. Great piece!

  6. Hmm. Lovely atmosphere and intriguing story. Does the dress maker know the bride is going to die, has she laced the fabric with poison (or is my mind turning to too much gothic melodrama?) Is it her own daughters dress who died on her wedding day, remade for Ms Weber? Enigmatic stuff

  7. It took a few readings, but I got it. And its true, a story with many possible interpretations makes for interesting reading. Well done.

  8. This story does open up so many possibilities where each reader can interpret their own meaning. But the despair and bleak conditions of her life come across very well.

  9. I feel as though the dress in question had never been worn by Myra’s daughter, as intended, for the first wedding. A friend of a friend lost her son on his way to his wedding. The cruelest irony. I liked the unanswered question. It works.

    • This is the story that was playing in my head when I wrote it, but after seeing some comments I understood it could be alternative stories too… how tragic that it has actually happened… sometimes reality beats fiction.

  10. “Your wedding-dress is ready”, Myra smiled, but her stomach felt like it was laced with ice. — wow. I love your wordplay here and I love that the piece leaves the reader wondering. Very clever.

  11. Oh, this worked all right, Bjorn. No extra words needed. Blew me out of the water on this one! I like the phrase “laced with ice.” Interesting and unique.
    All in all, fantastic! You did a superb take on the prompt!

  12. Oh man, my heart sank reading this. Parents should never have to bury their children, let alone on what was supposed to be a joyous day. The rain lashing sets this off perfectly. It reads almost like a prologue. I would like to know more about their story.

  13. My first thought was that she had robbed the grave of the previous owner of the dress! But on second thoughts, today’s bride knows it isn’t new, so maybe it was never worn and she simply had to alter it to fit. A bit macabre, but perhaps they were too poor for a new one? Thanks for joining my followers list, Bjorn!

  14. That’s so sad. At least the mother didn’t make the gruesome decision to bury her in the wedding dress. Some brides probably wouldn’t want to wear a wedding dress of a girl who died so soon after the wedding. Good writing, though. 🙂 — Suzanne

  15. Incredible story, Bjorn. I, too, thought it was about the seamstress in some way. I didn’t think of it exactly the way, ceayr, did but I was close. I liked the way it left the reader thinking after finishing. Super write !!!
    Isadora 😎

  16. Intriguing story. Seems to me that Mrs Hart’s daughter died (suicide?) on her wedding day and she altered her daughter’s dress for Miss Weber. I would have been convinced of this but for the last line. Exactly how many daughters did she bury and how many weddings?

    And since you specifically wanted to know what readers made of it, i skipped reading the comments. But am off to read them now 🙂

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