Bride

As found in Volume 2, Issue 1

Bride by Trisha Causley

The bag crinkles in Jenna’s hand as she counts off his footsteps clanging down the metal staircase. Five, six, seven. He should be in the parking lot now, weaving his way between the compact Ho-Lee-Chow! delivery cars that shiver against the side of the building, idling until the drivers return with their steaming bags of cargo.

The zipper teeth are sharp and uneven—a disappointingly shoddy fastener for such a big-ticket item. She unzips cautiously, freeing the shimmering yards of satin and lace. She steps into the middle and wriggles it up over her hips. Two weeks of nothing but cabbage soup and watermelon and they had to take the dress in a size at the final fitting. She was pleased about that, even though it meant $75 in alteration fees.

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Trisha Causley has a PhD in Linguistics, which has facilitated past lives in academia, artificial intelligence, and native language dictionary development. She has lived on both of Canada’s coasts and in two of its northern territories. She now makes her home in Toronto where she sometimes designs software UX content and always asks too many questions. You can follow her on twitter @tcausley

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