She lived a life that some would describe as being on edge. It was hard to imagine Amanda like that as her spotted and frail hands worked at the package. Jamie helped the nursing home patient who’d become her friend over the years. When the package was finally open, Jamie withdrew a beautiful green dress. It was tight-fitting and revealing, fit for only a young woman.
“It’s beautiful,” said Jamie. “Who is it for?”
“Me of course!” creaked Amanda. She withdrew a pair of buffalo nickel coins from the drawer beside her. “Long as I got these, that dress is gonna fit me.”
“Really?” grinned Jaimie.
“Yep. They’re magic! I’ll molt and get rid of this skin. I’ll be like a shiny new coin.”
It was two weeks later when Amanda passed on. Jamie saw the doctor leaving Amanda’s room, looking ashen. “I don’t understand,” he shuddered. “There’s nothing there but skin. Where’s the rest of her?”
Jamie rushed to the nursing home entrance, wondering if it could be true. As she reached the foyer she saw a beautiful young woman wearing a familiar green dress.
She paused to wink at Jamie saying, “Like a shiny new coin.”
Written for Mondays Finish the Story. This week, the opening sentence is, “She lived a life that some would describe as being on edge.” Look here to see what stories other folks wrote from the prompts: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/mondays-finish-the-story-nov-2nd-2015/