Archive for May 15th, 2011

15th May
2011
written by amber

The Trunk Contains

1. A white lace wedding dress with a rusty red stain on the hem.

2. A marriage certificate for Norma and Alvin Rich, September 1, 1945.

3. A bank book in Alvin Rich’s name, September 5 – December 10, 1945, never more than $50 in it at any one time, occasionally overdrawn.

4. Two wine glasses wrapped in a white linen napkin, etched ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom.’  Bride glass has a crack.

5. Divorce papers for Norma and Alvin Rich, dated January 15, 1946.

6. A pair of tiny white silk shoes, one stained with rusty red.

7. A bill from the Haith medical clinic for a hysterectomy dated October 22, 1945.

8. A letter from the same medical clinic, dated November 30, 1945, threatening to refer the matter to a collection agency.

9. A photograph of a young couple, dancing and smiling.

10. A photograph of the same couple, she is wearing the white lace wedding dress (no stain) – she looks unhappy and unhealthy, he looks grim.

11. A postcard of the Palliser Hotel in Calgary, with no message, address or postage.

12. A copy of the dinner menu from the Oak Room at the Palliser Hotel, with the entry for prime rib roast circled.

13. A book of baby names.

14. A withered red rose with a white ribbon.

15. At the bottom of the trunk, a tiny pink and blue knitted blanket.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted every day on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012.  Stories must be a minimum of 200 words.  Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

This story was generated in our writing class at the Black Cat Guest Ranch today.  Our challenge was to write a short story based on a list.