Saturday Centus time again. Week 98 so we have exactly 98 words, including the prompt shown in red* below.
She admired the boots in the old tired mirror. Tall, soft rust-colored suede. She loved them the moment she laid eyes on them.
It had been a long hard winter filled with losses. Her job. Her husband. Her home.
Her eyes moved upward, skipping quickly past her well-worn dress to her earlobes now adorned with a pair of exquisite pearls, seemingly at odds with her life.
Someone else’s loss tucked inside the toe of the boots. A steal of a deal, even for Goodwill. It was only ninety-eight cents.*
She smiled. Maybe things were finally about to change.
In my twenties, I had a favorite pair of pearl earrings for special occasions. To be safe, I tucked them away wrapped in a small piece of soft cloth in the toe of my favorite boots. At some point, the fashion changed, as it always does, and the boots began to spend far more time in the closet than on my feet.
One day, in a spring cleaning frame of mind, I carted them off to Goodwill with a load of other clothes and household items. It wasn't until a few days later that I realized I had forgotten to remove the earrings from the boots. In a panic I returned to the store, hoping that they might still be there, but alas, it was not to be.
Even though I was sad to have lost my beloved earrings, I always imagined that they brightened the day for someone who really needed a boost in her life. My Saturday Centus piece, based on this true story, is written from the finder's point of view.
Be sure to visit Mrs. Jenny's to see what the other Centusians offered up for their $.98 worth!