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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: Becca is sent to get details of a new account from Lily, who is not at her desk, and rummages at her desk for clues, finding two pictures of Lily: as a teen holding a dark-haired and eyed baby, and grown up, with a blue-eyed toddler and a blond man.
Curious, Becca pulled up the first picture to look on the back, where “Emma” was written in black permanent marker. As she reached for the second picture, someone cleared their throat behind her. Becca flinched and turned.
Lily stood behind her, a stack of folders tucked under her arm.
Unsettled, Becca took refuge in critiquing Lily’s outfit—another boring suit, this one gray with a lighter gray pinstripe, and a purple shell. Becca smoothed the ruffles on her aqua suit jacket and tugged at the middle shirt button that always seemed to come undone.
“Can I help you?” Lily’s hazel eyes showed no emotion Becca could read.
“Mr. Williams said I should ask you about the Montemayor account.”
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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.