Wishful Thinking #BarAThon #FlashFiction

Adjusting the shoulder strap, she leaned back and let her hair cascade down her back. The  red dress accentuated her figure, encasing its trim beauty and highlighting her best assets.

She turned and smiled at the sight behind her, blowing a kiss to show that she loved the adulation.


With both hands, she cupped her lips and made smooching noises. Suddenly, she let out a yelp and dashed forward.

Hunching over the toilet bowl, she retched violently as the images from her daydream disappeared. Once again, she was back in her bathroom and dressed in her lumpy pyjamas that weren’t big enough to hold her flabby abdominal fat.

Sighing, she picked up the magazine on the sink and gazed longingly at the model on the page, lusting at the red dress that showed her what she may be.

She closed her eyes and stuck her finger down her throat once again, repeating the cycle.


Welcome to the Bar-A-Thon, the blogging challenge over at Blog-A-Rhythm. I’m blogging every day this week and will be writing short pieces of fiction on each of the daily prompts.

I’ve also taken up the theme of the 7 deadly sins and will touch upon one each day.


Today’s prompt: Wishful Thinking

Today’s theme: Lust

23 thoughts on “Wishful Thinking #BarAThon #FlashFiction

  1. It does, doesn’t it? I wonder when we will be able to completely break free from the things that are bad for us. I mean lust for the unattainable.

  2. Did not see that coming as a take on lust 🙂
    Sadly, this is a medical condition which affects many including friends (doctors) of mine.
    Terrible when it gets out of hand…

  3. Oh! Feel sad for her! Obsessing over various aspects of one’s appearance can have such negative effects on self esteem and well being! It can even cause resentment and depression. Liked your take in wishful thinking!

  4. We have got to learn to accept ourselves for who we are. If not, we will forever be searching for peace and perfection.

  5. Young girls often fall prey to the make-believe world. One of my ex-colleagues did this and was so comfortable doing it. That’s what astonished me then. Bulimia is a curse of the immature.

  6. Isn’t this a crime? It should be….it’s at par with suicide! I remember reading about bulimia for the first time, associating Princess Diana with this abhorrent habit. Fantastic take on the prompt!

  7. Poor thing. When will she learn that what is inside is as beautiful as what is on the outside. So many impressionable minds get influenced by the false portrayal of beauty and they yearn to be a size zero at any cost.

  8. Ouch! I feel bad for her. Maybe she should take up Zumba 😉 On a serious note, you’ve very deftly stressed upon the extreme effects of body images on certain people in so few words.

  9. Even Princess Diana used go through that, I read in her biography. Someone as perfect as her was a victim of social pressure. It’s good how these days there is more and more acceptance of all body types.

  10. I feel terrible for the lady. I just wish she’d take herself to the gym or simply dance away her fat. That would make her happier too. But then lusting after things happens to the best of us.

  11. I must admit – a very different take on Lust. But yes, the obsession with body image is a lust of sorts 🙂

  12. Body image issues and eating disorders and a red dress all tied together with lust so perfectly. I don’t think too many people would have thought of lust like this.

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