“The Snow White Blues”

(Copyright Janet Webb)

It started to snow around three this morning as I walked home from work. By ten, six inches lay on the ground; by noon, eight.

I did my roots and nails. Put on my low-cut red dress. Outlined my eyes and lips in matching shades. Slipped into six-inch stilettos. I looked great. Then I sat down on the bed and watched the snow fall as my Johns stayed warm in the arms of their wives.

Rent’s due tomorrow. There’s bread and peanut butter in the cupboard. And as for me, I got a bad case of the Snow White Blues.

(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. February 14, 2014.)

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23 Responses to “The Snow White Blues”

  1. Sandra says:

    The voice in this was very tough, resilient and totally convincing. Well done.

  2. Wow. Sympathy for a Prostitute. Interesting choice of protagonist, darling, but it worked wonderfully. Very well done. Great title.

  3. Reblogged this on Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, Dilettante. and commented:
    I was going to just mention this in my original entry to Friday Fictioneers, but this one’s too good not to re-blog. No one dies, there’s no revenge plot, and no poisoned chalice — just a desperate woman who needs to pay her rent. What an amazing narrative voice. You must take 5 minutes to read this and give some feedback, darlings.

  4. Hard realities of life. Perfectly done!

  5. Well done. Poor thing cold, alone and nothing hot to eat. Great visual.

  6. JackieP says:

    Now that’s a different voice, but so believable. Great job!

  7. atrm61 says:

    Winter is harsh for even the street workers but life doesn’t stop.-a great perspective on life!Well done:-)

  8. Harsh realism here. Well done.

  9. Even the reality of her situation ( no work, rent due) didn’t stop her from dressing up for it. That’s what she does for a living. Meets life head on…her way. Powerful, VB.

  10. DCTdesigns says:

    Very realistic tone of voice. I could feel her defeat and dilemma. You captured the harsh nature of this kind of life. I wondered why she even got dressed in such a snow. But life doesn’t stop for anyone does it. Great story.

  11. pattisj says:

    You found an interesting take on the prompt. Nice work.

  12. storydivamg says:

    Six-inch stilettos–ouch! But truly an interesting twist on the prompt. Well crafted.
    All my best,
    MG

  13. Now, what do you do for a living? Very good writing – really awesome! Thanks, Nan

  14. That’s what I would call “showing up for life just as it is”! Great story.

  15. Liz Young says:

    An unexpected ending. I thought she was having a rare self-indulgent night in!

  16. Hi V.B.,
    This one really reverberates. I agree with some of the comments about the voice being strong and creating a memorable character. Ron

  17. rgayer55 says:

    Maybe the Seven Dwarfs will tunnel through the snow and help her out. Darn those married men. You can’t ever count on them when you need ’em.

  18. This story was very realistic with great description. I could picture it happening as I read it.

  19. Dear VB,

    No frills. Just a great story. Loved the use of color, ie, snow white blues. Clever and a great ending line.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

  20. Fantastic job showing the humanity of this woman!

  21. camgal says:

    Resilient voice indeed, loved the story. Great job

  22. grapeling says:

    authentic voice and a glimpse few would consider ~

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