My wife asked me to come to the mall, but I wasn’t in the mood for its crowds or life-like mannequins. “Careful,” I said, “last time one of them tried to grab me.” She laughed, left and never came back.
I reported her missing: “She has a green handbag and a scar on her forehead,” I told police. “She’s beautiful.”
They promised to find her. They never did.
Sometimes, I pass the store where she was last seen; one of its mannequins carries a green handbag and has a mark on its forehead. For a piece of plastic, it’s beautiful.
Note on Mannequin
I wrote Mannequin for Off the Shelf’s competition, Retail Tales, which was made in partnership with Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. The word limit was 100 words. It came runner up and appears on the Off the Shelf Festival of Words website.