Her cap was pinned to her wavy black hair on a slant. Her crimson graduation robes billowed open in the breeze, revealing a knee-length lacy black dress and matching black pumps—demure enough for the school event, edgy enough to show she was eighteen and ready to take on the world.
“One more picture, sweetheart!”
“Dad!” She groaned and rolled her eyes at the smartphone clasped in her father’s hands. “You’re going to make me miss my own graduation!”
“In the time it took you to argue, we could’ve easily taken a picture.”
“Alright, alright.” Her father opened the passenger door of his car and bowed dramatically. “Your chariot awaits, m’lady.”
Laughing, she had one foot in the car when she noticed the pink cotton candy clouds drifting towards them. She and her mother had identical sweet teeth for pink cotton candy, never the blue ones. Her father never understood the difference.
“Mom…” she whispered, smiling at the pink cotton candy in the sky. “Thank you for coming.”
© Jade M. Wong
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Word count: 170.
Standalone sequel to A Different Planet.