Button Flash 2: My Sister’s Closet

Here is the second entry in my Flash Fiction, Button Style project.  250 words written in one hour.  Thanks to Katie W. for the button picture!

My Sister’s Closet

“We’re supposed to get a referral from Social Services,” the woman told Megan.  “But it wastes paper and time, so don’t worry about it.”  She unlocked the door and motioned Megan into the small room, lined with racks of women’s suits, blouses and dress pants, most in a dated matronly style.

flash 2 for Elizabeth Jennings The Button Collector

“What size did you say your friend is?”  the woman asked.


“We don’t have many sixes, but they’d be back here.”  She headed for the corner and began pulling items from a clear storage box.  “You can try them on for her if you like–you look like a six yourself.”

Megan felt her face flush.  The woman continued sorting through the clothes.  “How did you hear about us again?”

“I saw a flyer. . . . so when my friend had to leave her husband I thought you might be able to help.  She needs a job, but she had to leave everything behind.”

“Sounds like a bad situation.”

Megan didn’t say anything.  A shiny metallic button on a blazer caught her eye.  She stared at it, swept back to the feeling of walking into an office, all eyes on her, powerful.

“I’m glad we can help.  That’s why we call it My Sister’s Closet—women helping women, like sisters.”

Megan felt a catch in her throat.  Slowly she turned her gaze to the woman, noticed a name tag that said “Sylvie.”

“Now tell me,” Sylvie said quietly.  “What else do you need?”


Do you have a button with a story waiting to be told?  Email an image of it to: ej@elizabethjennings.com.  For more information click on this link:  https://elizabethjennings.com/2013/01/10/flash-fiction-button-style/

About Elizabeth Jennings

I am an author living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My first book, The Button Collector, was released May 6, 2013, by PageSpring Publishing.
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