Title: Black Widow
Author: nevadagas (Christine Halliwell)
Synopsis: A strange woman walks into the seamstress’s with an odd request…
Wanda was engrossed in yet another round of Sudoku when the tiny bell chimed, signaling the arrival of a new customer. Promptly, she threw the magazine and pen aside, wore the amicable smile that never failed to dazzle. “Good morning, Ma’am. How may I help you?”
"Good morning," the woman replied as she removed her Ray-Ban sunglasses, revealing chocolate eyes. She was a plainer version of Snow White. From her curly black hair that cascaded a little past her shoulders to her long lashes; from her makeup-free face to her jeans and tee-shirt, everything about her screamed ordinary. "Is Madam Schneider here?"
"I’m afraid no; she’s on holiday right now."
The woman nodded in acknowledgement. “I would like a dress.”
"What type of dress?"
Already prepared, the woman produced a magazine scrap from her purse. The photograph depicted a model in a midi pleated skirt and a bow-collared blouse with three-quarter sleeves. “I would like this as one piece, all in black. Would this be possible?”
Wanda nodded; she also noticed that her client’s nails, like everything about her, was the colour of darkness. It contrasted her porcelain skin. “Of course, Ma’am. But why black? Excuse my question, but you seem very young. A bright colour, such as orange, would flatter your figure.”
"I want it for my husband’s funeral."
After that, Wanda rushed to change the subject. “I’ll need to take your measurements. Would you follow me to the other room, please?”
Once there, the woman stripped to her underwear without another word; surprisingly, her lingerie was the shade of champagne.
As Wanda fit the tape measure around her client’s waist, she could not resist asking. “Such a pity, your husband’s death. When did he die?”
"In a week," the woman replied with a tiny smirk she was unable to stifle…