‘American girls are not like us.’ Violet said.
She stood at the mirror fixing the suspender to her new stockings.
‘My Davey wouldn’t like me consorting.’ Enid replied, ‘He warned me watch me’self with the Yanks.’
‘So they get a little fresh.’ said Violet, as she smoothed the silk down her leg ‘Wouldn’t be good for morale to say no, not after they’ve taken me to the pictures and everything.’
‘It just seems wrong.’
‘It’s only a kiss and a cuddle, poor ducks might die fighting Hitler tomorrow. I’m only doing my bit for the war effort sending them off with a smile on their faces.
‘Anyway what about your Davey? All alone in a strange port you can’t tell me he wouldn’t?’
‘All the nice girls like a sailor.’ I sang.
Violet smirked at my reflection in the mirror as she paused in touching-up her scarlet lipstick.
‘Oh Mo, how could you. My Davey ‘e wouldn’t.’
‘Sorry Enid, we were just having a joke.’ I said, ‘We both know your Davey wouldn’t look at anyone else. Don’t we Violet?’
‘Mmm,’ Violet mumbled, ‘it’s not just the nice girls that like a sailor though.’
I didn’t think I would have been friends with Violet if we had not been billeted together. “All fur coat and no knickers” Mother would have called her, but she was at least a spot of colour amid the drabness, a welcome distraction from Enid’s moon-faced earnestness and constant talk of her Davey.
‘What do you find to write in that diary Mo?’ Violet asked, ‘Scribbling away all the time like the Daily Mirror, is any of it about me?’
Violet had stood back from the mirror to turn side to side and view herself from all angles.
‘Of course it is Violet,’ I replied, ‘every single word.’
Violet turned around to face us now, arms spread wide.
‘So girls how do I look, will I make old Winston proud?’
‘Ooo just like Rita Hayworth,’ Enid sighed, ‘my Davey took …’
Violet stood at the door, giving us a “V for Victory” sign before slamming the door shut behind her.
We listened to the sound of Violet’s feet as she descended the stairs.
‘I’ll bring you back some candy Ducks.’ She shouted, her voice echoing through the wall.
Enid grinned at me, the only thing she loved as much as her Davey was chocolate.
© 2019 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.
This little story developed out of an exercise I did on a course I went to earlier this year. Combined with a snatch of conversation overheard in a coffee shop; while I don’t know what exactly the person I heard speaking thinks is different about American girls, I’ve left it to Violet to express her opinion on the subject.
Originally Published 28 September 2016