My teacher slaps my desk. I jump.
Students keep their heads down. I’m glad for this.
He asks me a question. Tells me it’s the second time he’s asked. That I’m not paying attention.
He’s right. I’m not. At least not to this lesson. I’ve been staring at his robe.
The edges are frayed.
Teachers are respected in The Society. They wear the robes of the higher classes. Dark blue. Tailored. Immaculate.
He sees me eyeing his sleeve and yanks his hand away. Something is wrong. I make a mental note to look at the other teachers after lessons.
June 29, 2017 prompt: Frayed – In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something frayed. It could be fabric, like a flag or garment. It could also be nerves or temper.