Antique Earing

Kathy stacked the dishwasher then poked her head around the lounge-room door. “I’m going to my room Mum, got a heavy test tomorrow. I’ll probably be at it all night. I’ll keep the music down.”

“Okay, darling. Don’t overdo it, though. You need to be fresh if you want a good score. ‘Nite.” Her mother settled more comfortably in front of the television.

Kathy made a short detour into her mum’s darkened bedroom and removed a pair of earrings from her jewelry-box. Mum will never know, she thought and closed the door. I’ll put them back in the morning.

The Rage was at the old Benson place that night and Kathy was determined to go, regardless of it being a school night. Brett would be there and she hoped he would notice her, finally.

Securing the door, she then turned on her music then scrambled into her clothes. A final glance in the mirror assured the fifteen-year-old that she was looking her best; tight jeans and skimpy top with navel correctly displayed.

“Wish Mum’d let me get some body-piercing.” She grimaced at her reflection and shook her head. The earrings brushed against her cheeks and she smiled.

“Brett Laidlaw, here I come.”

Strappy sandals in hand Kathy eased up her window and slipped over the sill to land softly on the grass beneath. From the front of the house the theme for Mid-week Movie played. She was safe for a few hours.

Keeping to shadows she raced to the corner where she slipped into her shoes then sauntered across the blocks to the edge of town. She smiled at a couple of her mother’s friends, hoping they wouldn’t mention later that they’d seen her.

The derelict house was thumping when she arrived. She patted Brett’s bike for luck as she made her way to the door.

“Hi Kathy, nice outfit. You look great. Everyone’s here – go on through… Hey smart move! One earring eh? Probably start a new trend.”

Kathy clutched her ears.

Antique Earing


Joined April 2008

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