Short Story Fiction
The Wedding Dress Curse

The cursed dress had been in the family for years. The young woman who now wore it knew the story, but she didn’t believe it… until it was too late.

Gigi and her mother were digging through an old trunk in the attic when she found it. “Oh mom, this is beautiful,” remarked Gigi as she held the wedding dress up for a closer look.

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“There’s a story behind that dress,” Gigi’s mother replied. “Your grandmother was given that dress by the woman she worked for. She wore it at her wedding and I wore it at mine.”

“I’d love to wear it at my wedding,” commented Gigi. “It will be like a family tradition.”

“I’m not sure if that’s a tradition I would like,” Gigi’s mom quickly replied. “There’s something you should know about this dress before you make that decision.”

“Something good?” Questioned Gigi.

“No, something not so good. As far as I’m concerned, the dress is cursed. Bad things happen to those who wear it, or should I say bad things happen to the husband of those who wear it.”

“You’re kidding. Really?” Gigi was intrigued “Like what?”

“Well, let’s start with the woman who gave your grandmother this dress. She did so because she couldn’t stand to have it in her wardrobe any longer. She had wore it at her wedding. For their honeymoon they had booked a cruise … on the Titanic. When the ship went down, it took her new husband with it.

The woman made it home. Even though she eventually remarried and had children, she was never quite the same.

Your Grandmother worked for the woman. She told her she was getting married. The woman was the generous type. She went to her closet and pulled a box containing the dress from a shelf and gave it to your grandmother as a wedding gift.”

“If the dress is cursed, how come nothing happened to the woman's second husband?” Questioned Gigi.

“According to your Grandmother, the dress had been stored away after the woman's first marriage. She never wore it again,” her mother replied.

“Your grandmother wore the dress when she married an enlisted man who was immediately sent overseas. Two months later she realized she was pregnant, with me. She sent word to her new husband thinking he would be thrilled. He wasn’t.

“She received a letter back from him asking her for a divorce. He had apparently met a young French girl and had fallen madly in love with her. My mother was devastated. She heard later that he had been killed in action before he was able to marry the woman.”

“Grandma was married more than once?” Questioned Gigi. “I didn’t know that. How come I've never heard this story?”

“Yes, she was. It’s not a story that gets repeated too often in this family.”

Gigi's mother continued. “I first saw the dress when I was about your age. I was engaged to your father at the time. We didn’t have much and the dress was beautiful. I wore it at my wedding. Your father and I were so in love. We hadn’t been married for more than two months when one day out of the blue I received a knock at the door. It was a police officer. He politely informed me that your father had been hit by a bus and had died on the way to the hospital.”

“That story I’ve heard,” remarked Gigi.

“I was pregnant with you. I put the dress in this trunk and it’s been in the attic ever since. I believe it’s cursed. I should have thrown it away years ago. I would advise you not to wear it.”

“I still want to try it on. I want to see if I can fit into it,” replied Gigi.

They took the dress downstairs and Gigi tried it on.

She was amazed at how it fit her so perfectly. “Mom, I know you think this dress is cursed, but I think it’s beautiful and I don’t believe in curses. I’m going to wear it at my wedding.”

She did look beautiful in it, so against her mothers better judgment she allowed her to wear it.

Two months after the wedding Gigi received a knock at her door. It was a police officer. Her husband had been involved in a workplace accident. He died at the scene.

Several months had passed since that fatal day. Gigi came across the dress in her closet. She ripped it from its hanger and threw it into the garbage.

When the garbage was picked up that week the garbage man noticed it and wondered why someone would throw away a perfectly good wedding dress. He retrieved it and thinking he was doing a good deed, he donated it to the Goodwill.

Not long after they received it they put it on display. A young girl and her mother entered the store and saw it. “Oh my God mom. Look at this dress. It’s beautiful.”

“It sure is dear, I think you could wear this at your wedding.”

“I’d love it,” the girl replied. She tried it on and it fit her perfectly.

They bought the dress and took it home.

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