The brief was to write a blog post based on the theme of fifty. Your post 'could be a poem, a short scene, anecdote or even a list of your top 50 favourite things-the choice is yours! It could be about a 50th birthday or wedding anniversary, a group of fifty people, or perhaps be set in 1950. Whatever you choose, it has to involve the number 50 in some significant way'. For further instructions and to read other entries click here.
My short scene is told through dialogue only and, unusually for me, has no speculative element. I wanted to write something fun and light hearted. I hope I achieved it!
“Did you say 50?”
“I know. I don’t look 50, do I? People are always saying how young I look.”
“It’s all about skin care. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. And plenty of water!”
“It’s just the role calls for a woman in her late forties.”
“Well, then I’m perfect for the part. When do we start shooting?”
“No. What I’m trying to say is you look too old.”
“Yes. I mean obviously you look good for your age, no one is saying anything different. It’s just you look nearer . . . .sixty. How old are you really?”
“Right. Well thank you for auditioning. We’ll be in touch.”
* * *
“Are you next?”
“I wouldn’t bother.”
“They’re looking for a woman in her late forties who looks like she’s in her thirties. Of course, I was perfect for the part. But time conflicts and so on. Never mind. Maybe next year.”
* * *
“Did you know that woman?”
“What did she want?”
“I’m tempted to say botox.”
I will not be able to visit and comment on the other entries until Sunday, as I am working all day and then have my step-granddaughter's first ballet recital. Please accept my apologies and be assured I will be visiting tomorrow.