Get your weekend started off the right way, with a dreamy, quick story about floating on water that will definitely put you in vacation mode. From Curtis Smith's flash collection Beasts and Men, we present “The Dress.”
The woman hung a dress on the back of her bedroom door. Black dress, white door, and caught in the hazy fringes of sleep, she often believed the dress was floating, a dark fish circling her dreams. The dress was a size six. This was her goal. She dieted. She exercised. At first, she attended meetings, but then she discovered a more intimate communion sitting on her bed and studying the dress.
In summer, she swam in the lake. She could float for hours. The waves undulated beneath her. The lake’s shores touched other states, even another country. In the lake, she did not feel large. She floated and swam and floated and swam until the city’s buildings and smokestacks dwindled. With the sun warm on her face, she tried to imagine the day she would fit into the dress, but the scene, so deeply wished for, proved difficult to conjure. Instead, she pictured the unseen world beneath her. The menagerie of the forgotten and the lost. Treasures waiting to be washed ashore by the restless tide.