Ladies Pinch

Prompts courtesy of Cake.shortandsweet‘s Wednesday Write-In.


Duck lifted the brush and blew off the excess powder. She thought of a line from The Simpsons, “Whores use rouge,” Marge’s mother said. “Ladies pinch.” She smiled a bit at that, then made her face blank and applied the makeup.

Her date was waiting in the living room, the first in seven years.

The dress she chose was short and strapless. Duck worried about showing too much cleavage. A wool cardigan retained her modesty without seeming matronly. Satisfied, she smoothed her skirt and stepped out of the bedroom.

“You look pretty mommy,” he said. “Are you ready to go?”


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