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Continues from my last snippet of “Lily Wasn’t There” –Becca watches Lily work, while avoiding any work of her own. Last line: “I thought Vicki’d never shut up about the Fazio account.”
“She thinks she’s better than everyone.” Irving shuffled through the pile of folders on his desk, dislodging one that spilled its contents across the brown and gray speckled carpet.
“Like we don’t all have the same job.” Becca eased her feet out of her new Miu Miu heels, and rubbed at the red marks on her ankles as Irving chattered on and picked up his mess. She’d learned to tune him out—he’d talk forever about his favorite sports team or boring reality show.
Irving finally finished chasing down all the paper and fell silent. He crumpled up discarded pages and tossed them one at a time at his trashcan, which he kept at the end of his desk for target practice.
“Was Lily at the meeting?” Becca glanced to her left at Lily’s desk.
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“Lily Wasn’t There” is a short story I can’t quite get right. I’m hoping the feedback from WeWriWa will help.
Becca’s life hasn’t gone how she planned. Stuck in an accounting job she despises, she scrapes by with a paycheck that doesn’t buy her half of what she deserves. She wants to find a man before she’s thirty, get married, and never work another day in her life. While at work, she people-watches, and one particular coworker is often the focus of her attention–Lily. Lily is everything Becca hates–buttoned-up, bland, and overly dedicated to her job–or so Becca thinks.