99 word prompt : 100 candles

May 21, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about 100 candles. What do they light, and why? Think about contrast or symbolism. Are the candles large, small, or stars in the night? Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH

When she was 20, her prescription glasses attracted men like light attracts bugs. She wore them morning and night, removed only for sleep. 

At 25, she declined requests for dates to the movies or disco dancing.

She turned 29, marrying a man who seemed rather nice, until he changed all the lights from 40 to 100 watt. But that wasn’t the worst of his transgressions.  He loved candles and lit 100, causing a seizure.

Three months pregnant, she live with her parents, receiving child support. Her son became an optometrist.

Indeed, no one could hold a candle to her.