The day I sat with Joanna’s group, it felt amazing. I put on my friendliest smile.
The other girls just chatted like I was nothing new. Good. They talked about last night’s TV shows – Beverly Hills 90210 and X Files. And then they started on actors and the stories about them in recent issues of TV Week. I had nothing to say.
I thought about my evening. Dad and my brothers talked about physics and planets and Dad used his wine glass and the pepper grinder as props. I was rostered to wash up so I chose the music. I could imagine what these girls would say if I told them I sang along to Evita while I did the dishes.
So I sat and smiled. But still I wandered… lonely as a cloud looking wistfully over to my empty place in the sun.
Written for dVerse's Prosery prompt March 14, 2022 Use "I still wandered lonely as a cloud" in a piece of prose of no more than 144 words.