Bonus Flash Fiction: A Violin Etude for Girls With Careful Braids

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A Violin Etude for Girls with Careful Braids

by Julie C. Day

A toothed headband held down the wisps of Bethany Carrel’s tightly braided hair. Disorder, Bethany knew, wasn’t for violin girls, especially ones who accompanied their mother to Sherri’s Beauty Salon.

“Lovely.” Bethany’s mother raised a hand to the nape of her neck and tested the tightness of her chignon.  Sherri and Mrs. Carrel had a longstanding arrangement. Every four weeks Mrs. Carrel talked about “Rodger’s latest troubles” and how “it never gets any easier” while Sherri snipped, and sprayed and adjusted the angle of the chair.

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