Pink Shorts

Winner of the Positive Words 100 word short story challenge using the word ‘school’.


I said goodbye to you in the hospital. I felt like laughing at the absurdity of the boy I’d partnered to the school formal, who’d held my hair when I vomited from too much champagne, wrapped me in his jacket and walked me home, split from sternum to groin. Laugh at your VERY pink shorts you’d wear swimming; not the attire of a footy player. You looked peaceful, just sleeping, and I wanted you to jump out of bed and surprise everyone. But you didn’t. I kissed you and left, the phone call coming soon after to say you’d passed.

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