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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 100
My mother’s button collection fascinated me. Among my favorites were pearly ones with silver trim or grape-shaped ones made of glass. Like the jar in which she stored them, they smelled of stale mustard.
One afternoon I dumped them out on the table. A shiny blue straggler embossed with curvy white leaves rolled toward the edge. Mom caught it.
Her faraway eyes sparkled like the button itself. “My dress fastened in front. Indigo satin. He called me Princess Blue Belle.”
“Cute. Daddy’s clever, isn’t he?”
“Oops!” Blushing, she crammed the button into her pocket. “Time to clean up for supper.”