Perfection by Sandra Seamans

Pip knelt down in the darkness, watching for the woman who lived on the other side of the white picket fence. The woman’s name was Sylvia and she was the embodiment of perfection.

How Pip envied her. The perfectly colored skin, silky blonde hair that swished around her waist when she moved and not a pound out of place on her perfectly toned body. Pip felt like a fat frump whenever she saw Sylvia, hating the roundness of her own face and body, the kink of her black hair. Sylvia was everything Pip wanted to be and could never be.

Pip watched Sylvia slip out of the house, night after warm, summery, night. She loved how the moonlight played across the naked curves of Sylvia’s body. How that mass of blond hair shimmered around her body, as if to embrace the purity of Sylvia as she took her midnight swim. Pip glanced at her watch, Sylvia was late tonight.

Pip had heard the screaming, the sound of smashing china, the thud. Sylvia’s husband must have come home. The husband who was on more intimate terms with his frequent flier miles than his wife. He spent his working life checking out exotic locations for his travel agency, returning home to Sylvia after weeks in the perfumed sunshine of far away islands. Places he never took Sylvia. But she only cried when he came home.

Pip watched as Sylvia slipped out of the house, gliding silently across the patio toward the edge of the pool. She watched as Sylvia stripped the designer clothes from her body, her naked perfection drenched in moonlight. Pip sighed at the sight of such celestial beauty. Her sigh turned to screams, as Sylvia put a gun to her head and splattered her brains across the moonlit pool.

5 responses to “Perfection by Sandra Seamans

  1. What a descriptive way to show how the grass is not, in fact, always greener. Love the use of the “white picket fence” and the subtle lesbian undertone. Nice work!

  2. Really enjoyed that, Sandra. Nice work.

  3. Sandra Seamans

    Thanks!! I’m glad you both enjoyed the read. Though Christa’s observation about lesbian undertones surprised me, because the undertones weren’t done consciously.

  4. So evocative. I agree with Christa. Seemed like a lesbian undertone unless we’ve just been overly conditioned to see that when one woman admires another.

  5. Sandra Seamans

    Maybe it’s just that as crime fiction readers and writers we’re just automatically looking for that unexplained something lurking under the surface?

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