Copyright – John Nixon

The dress was made at a bargain; a war was on and all the bride cared about was her prince in his freshly-pressed uniform. The groom left for France the day after the wedding.  He was shot in a ditch a week later.

The second bride, a cousin of the first, married a doctor in that dress.  The bride died of a fever her husband couldn’t cure.

Being a scientific man, the doctor never suspected that it was the curse on the dress that carried his girl away, and so the dress now stands in the shop, attracting prey.

For Friday Fictioneers,  I really like this week’s picture, particularly because I love vintage wear! I love the story each garment can tell; who wore the dress? Why was it thrown away? Was there a first kiss in this dress? Was there a break up?

I had about 10 other ideas for this picture, but since I’m quite late, all my crispy concepts where taken by the time I read through all the brilliant posts.  So, I settled for this one.  Hope you like it 🙂

14 comments on “Hand-me-downs

  1. MissTiffany says:

    Oooh, I love the idea! A cursed dress. So many stories to be told…great work!

  2. Great story! Loved the cursed bridal gown. And the little details about each bride.

  3. ladyharvey says:

    The idea of a cursed wedding dress is brilliant! I would love to have more details about each person who wore it, who knows it could become its own novel.

  4. Jan Brown says:

    I like your interpretation of the prompt!

  5. helenmidgley says:

    I loved the cursed dress angle, great job 🙂

  6. I was enjoying different brides wearing the dress…until I got to the curse. 🙂


  7. What’s not to like about a cursed wedding gown!?
    I write mine before I read others – I don’t want to unconsciously copy.
    You are a brave woman!
    Mine: http://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/friday-fictioneers-ff-good-will-bride-pg13/

  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    Enjoyed your story immensely. It’s one of the reasons I never get married any more. Grat job.



  9. Dear Sandra,

    There are too many dresses out there that are cursed. I’m sure of it. Great story.



  10. summerstommy2 says:

    I like the idea of a dress with a curse, the possibilities are enormous…well done.

  11. billgncs says:

    nice – the innocent allure of evil 🙂

  12. kz says:

    a cursed dress.. specially a wedding dress, is very creepy 🙂 great take on the photo.

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