300 short stories: story 249

story: “Girls Only”

author: Karen Shepard

year: 2017

where: Dubai

note: I’m usually not into bridal stories, but this is the non-bridal bridal story.

a line: “And Cleo, surprising herself, said because that’s what girls do. They do stupid and hurtful things until they figure out not to. And his expression was filled with the kindness of a parent. It was the closest thing to forgiveness any of them would receive.”

theme(s): Friendship, girlhood, womanhood, assault, rape, wedding day

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