This is a drabble I wrote for when I tried out FutureLearn’s Start Writing Fiction course, as one of their exercises, in which it has to contain one truth and three lies. I feel the need to share this one now as I free myself from the heartaches of 2016.
A drabble is a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space. (Source)
Start Writing Fiction, Week 1, Activity 1.4: One Truth, Three Lies
Looking at her cup, she recalled a superstition that she read about in a children’s book — that if you had a stray tea leaf in your cup, it means marriage is in your future. She smiled to herself as she remembered puncturing a tea bag just so she could have that one tea leaf. She ended up with a mess of leaves in her cup and very bitter tea instead.
Then she thought of him and how their lives could change: She will be wearing the white dress she carefully selected — fancy, but will still allow her to dance as much as she wanted. She will walk down that aisle, faces of her loved ones in happy smiles; while her father at her arm will be doing his darnedest to beam, where in reality, he will be fighting back tears as much as she would.
And then he will be there — smiling so bright that his dimples cut deep into his cheeks, his eyes nearly closed into slits. She cannot be one to talk though, as they share those same quirks…
She directed her gaze from her cup to out into the street outside of the coffee shop. A leaf had fallen into a puddle left by the afternoon rains. Funny. A puddle gets a stray leaf, while her own tea remained bland and tasteless.