Short Story Preview: Tricks From the Past – Josie Arden
‘Oh, you look so nice Ellie!’ Lotte’s admiration was plain to see, as she hovered in the bedroom doorway. ‘I just hope I’ll be as beautiful when I grow up!’
Ellie added a dab of perfume, seized a hanky, the car keys, her handbag, then bent to kiss her little sister on the forehead. ‘Course you’ll be beautiful!’ she assured her. ‘Now, I’d better hurry, or I’ll be late. I don’t really want to go mind. It’s just one of those silly lunchtime drinks parties…’
‘Why silly?’ called Lotte, as Ellie clattered down the stairs.
‘Can’t stop!’ she replied ‘Bye!’ and she slammed the front door.
Driving along, she thought of the party ahead. She wished she hadn’t accepted. There’d be the same old crowd. Great of June and Roger to ask her, of course, but going to parties wasn’t the same since she’d broken up with Mel. It was back on the single’s circuit again, on the outside, looking in. All the old gang married ’cept me. Now I’ve got to start over. What a waste of three years! She found herself wondering for the umpteenth time if she’d take him back if he asked.
He’d be a hard act to follow – with his stunning looks, his magnetic charm, his position. And we had some good times, Mel. I’ll grant you that. Be lying to say I didn’t miss any of them.
She parked outside the familiar house, having, in her reverie, hardly been aware of the journey over. It was almost as if the car had found its own way. The times she and Mel’d visited here together! Would the memories never dim? It seemed as if, in those three years he had become part of her very psyche. She still missed him every day. If only she could stop thinking about him.