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Last lines: Becca, out shopping, sees Lily, Lily’s husband, child, and dog having a picnic–and it makes her angry that she isn’t married herself.
A week later, Becca sat at her desk, working on a job application. Her phone rang, a light indicating it was the internal line, so she picked it up immediately, “Rebecca Carver speaking.”
“Rebecca, will you come to my office?”
“Of course, Mr. Williams,” Becca cradled the phone.
I hope he’s going to give me the promotion everyone’s been talking about. If I don’t start making more money soon, I’ll have to quit.
Becca paused before her boss’ door to smooth her hair and knocked twice.
“Come in and close the door.”
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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.