TITLE: Chasing Wilde
GENRE: Women's Fiction
Blonde tendrils circle her face giving the appearance she wrapped her hair around wine corks and left it to dry. She’s wearing the pink tweed suit she wore to my college graduation and the scent of must fills my nose. She’s stuck in front of the mirror in my foyer, mesmerized by her appearance.
“How do I look?”
I glance at my watch. “Beautiful, gorgeous. I’m sure they’ll get some good pictures.” She steps up to the mirror and her nose almost touches the glass. “I’m pretty sure they do your makeup there, you know,” I offer.
She pulls her skin, stretching her lips out like the Joker. A lifetime has passed when she finally backs away. “Are they experienced? You know, Hilda went to beauty school…” Her expression turns, like she’s remembering something unpleasant. “I miss having a personal assistant.”
“I miss that for you too, but we need to get going.”
Her sigh is deep and heavy. “You know how things are. I need a good photo for my business cards. No one is going to hire a sixty-year-old real estate agent with no experience and a bad headshot.”
I know Mom’s anxious about her venture into employment, but a photo shoot at Glamour Shots is only going to do so much. The fact she spent her inheritance from Dad, moved in with me, and has to find her first job when most people are retiring is the real problem. Mom’s now paying for a life of delusion.