They brush the nape of my neck, and I flinch.
Jane’s voice attempts to reprimand me, but the giddiness in her tone gives her away, and we are both barely able to keep our giggles contained. I still can’t believe I have talked her into doing this. Our secret. For now.
She smoothes her chemise, takes a deep breath and pushes my head forward. My chin touches the hollow of my throat.
“If you don’t hold still, I can’t cut straight.”
At the word cut, second thoughts take shape. A bit too late, though. Already, wet, brown curls litter the floor.
“I’m almost finished, Bernice. Sit up straight, and I’ll check to see if the two sides are even. Oh, it looks keen! Lucky you with your naturally curly hair-you look just like Betty Compson in Prisoners of Love!”
I imagine I hear envy, though, tainting the admiration in her voice. For me. The daring sister. And what I’ve done.
She rakes a comb through the length of my hair. A much shorter distance than before.
“Did you shingle it in the back?” I ask.
“I don’t know how. You need to go to a barber to have that done. Maybe after mother and father get over their initial shock, mother will let you.”
“Jane, what about you?” I am teasing her now. “Do you want me to bob your hair too?” I know what she’ll say.
She answers with an impish grin as she steps around to face me, pulling off the wide brimmed hat I assumed was keeping her long hair in check. She reveals golden strands that end at her jaw line.
Jane. The timid one. Never daring.
For once, I am at a loss for words. I feel like a mountain climber, drunk on victory, only to be told that someone else has reached the summit first.
Jane is grinning, waiting for me to say something. Scissors held indifferently in her hand.
Cold, I imagine.
On to the weekly Trifecta prompt. Pay attention to the third definition, as always. Good lucky!
1: having good luck
2: happening by chance : fortuitous
3: producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
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This week's word is lucky.
Picture of Betty Compson sourced from net, but is now in public domain.