Prompt for September 24, 2016

Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:

Her elfin beauty struck him speechless.  Her delicate features, the exquisite makeup, the long silky gown, her smooth flowing walk and her lilting laugh made him think that his dream had come true.  His perfect woman was walking directly towards him but he had no idea what to say.  He looked down at himself, the Captain America costume hiding what he thought were his flaws, and made a decision.  He would talk to her.

“Excuse me,” he said, his voice deepening to match his persona, “but that is a beautiful costume you’re wearing.  Or is it your natural beauty that is making the costume look so good?”

She stopped, her face turning a bright red as his comments sank in.  The two friends she was with stopped a few feet away, a knowing look passing between them as they watched the interaction.  “Thank you,” she said, “I like yours too.”

He puffed up his chest, the comment going straight to his fragile ego, strengthening it, making him bolder.  “Are you going to the after-dance party tonight?  It should be a good time.”

She looked down at the ground, the energy in her posture dropping.  “I don’t think so, my friends said that they need to leave right after the dance and they’re my ride.”  She looked up, her eyes wide, the expression on her face showing that the answer she was giving was not the one she wanted to give.  “I’d like to, but I can’t.”

Out of the corner of his eye, he could see her friends whisper back and forth for a moment before they spoke up.  “Actually, we thought we’d stay a little bit later.  Perhaps we can meet up at the party?”

The smile that stretched across his face was immediate and sincere, matching the one that spread across her face.  They turned to each other and they nodded.  “Yes, that would be great,” she said.

“Definitely,” he replied.  “We’ll see you later.”

“Oh, yes, you will, you really will.”

And as Captain America left Zelda the two friends were smiling thinking that it was about time their sister smiled. 

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