Prompt Forty-Five- Yearbook
Take a yearbook from your past, or go on Facebook and randomly pick someone you used to know. Imagine what they're doing now: where their life has taken them, where they live, their job, etc. Now write a character and a little story about their life now. Feel free to change names and fictionalize.
Mandy P: At the age of fifteen, Mandy was a bubbly girl with a soft personality. She liked to hide in the shadows, but those who knew her, knew what a great girl she was. She was apart of the dance team, although few actually knew she did that. She had a boyfriend for two years, Jake, whom she promised she would marry someday. She graduated at the age of eighteen in the honors program. Her dark hair was down to her shoulder blades, layered in the back and angled in the front. Her soft brown eyes were deep, and had a sunburst of yellow right in the middle. She was pretty, but she didn't know it.
Mandy P: Age twenty seven.....
"Pass me down another shot!" she yelled as she slowly made her way to the full bar. The guys parted like a red sea to let her through and a few even helped move her along. She knew the effect she had on men and she used it like a personal weapon.
She downed the tequila shot like a professional and then sucked the lime out of a very attractive man. She kissed him once she spit the lime out, making the entire bar cheer for her. But her joy was short lived. Her best friend Janet came over and hauled Mandy out of the club by her elbow.
"Hey!" Mandy yelled once they were out on the cold street. Mandy wasn't dressed for mid-November. She was barely dressed for mid-July! Her short dress barely hit the top of her thigh and barely covered the bottom of her butt. The top was a tank, with short little spaghetti straps. "Why'd you pull me out?" she slurred.
"You're making a fool of yourself. You're a damn professional, and this is how you act in one of your bars?" Janet scowled at Mandy as if she didn't even recognize her best friend.
"This is how everyone wants me to act! You were there when Jake broke up with me. You heard what he said," Mandy screamed. The hurt was evident in her voice. Her words were still slurred but now it was from anger and pain.
"Jake is an ass. You haven't been in love with him since high school. He was easy for you."
"What he said was true. I'm a loser. I don't go out, I'm too quiet, and I can't just let go and have fun. So that's changing, starting tonight. And I think I'm doing a pretty good job of letting go." Mandy threw her hands up in the air and jumped around like she didn't have a care in the world.
"You don't have to just pull a one-eighty. Find a happy medium."
"Whatever. Just let me have tonight," Mandy begged. She just wanted to get over the dump of a ten year relationship and move on. She wanted to be the person she knew inside. The serious life was over. She owned a chain of seven bars and restaurants. She could finally settle down and relax. It was what she was going to do. Starting now....
© Taylor Lavati 2017
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