Month Of Mini Writing Challenges 2017, Scribblings by Sarah

One Job

Author’s note: Sometimes my writing is based on my real life experiences. This is one of those stories and is an actual account of a costume I was responsible for, whilst working at an exclusive all girls college a few years ago. 

Oh, how I wish it were fiction…

The girls usually looked like seraphic supplicants, in their polished shoes, ecru stockings, petticoats and navy blue tunics. My job on the dramatic arts team, was to source a neutral, yet eye-catching costume for the production. I didn’t want to squander the funds, and bent over backwards to find a freely-licenced image and reasonably priced t-shirt manufacturer.

The free image and design on the front of the shirts – chosen due to the ‘caring for the environment’ theme of the production…

As I unpacked the boxes, I realised with alarm, the disastrous outcome of my work.
(However it did tickle the amusement of at least one stranger in the crowd, as 150 female students took their final bow, I could hear his guffaws from backstage…)

The unfortunate outcome once the shirt is worn. Especially by someone with breasts!

I had ONE jobBy Sarah ©2017

* supplicant (noun) – A supplicant is a person who prays to God or respectfully asks an important person to help them or to give them something that they want very much.

^ seraphic (adjective) – characteristic of or resembling a seraph or seraphim|seraphim:an angelic being, regarded in traditional Christian angelology as belonging to the highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy, associated with light, ardor, and purity.

^^ ecru (adjective) – the light beige color of unbleached linen

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Wordle #173;

and also Sammi Cox, A Month Of Mini Writing Challenges, Day 25. Task: Write a story in 75 words or less about an encounter with a stranger.


14 thoughts on “One Job”

  1. LOL – oh well, the heart and intentions were in the right place – but yes, I could understand how this might just set all kinds of minds racing in all directions! Yikes!

    Great use of the wordle – and thanks for being so brave as to share the “based on true events” story/experience nonetheless. Lessons learned and understood in hindsight, but like all “good marketing” – it worked, for I’m sure many will remember it, and as a result, also remember the cause.

    well done Sarah and thanks for playing the wordle this week 🙂

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  2. And a wonderful memoir, or a BoTS Based on a true story.
    My entry is complete fiction.

    One year for my one son who was involved with backstage stuff for a school production I made T-shirts with a large image of a light bulb and words Light Guy, Musical Note (maybe in a small cleft) and words Sound Guy and I think there was another one. On the front I put the same image by the upper left shoulder. 🙂

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