Written For: Challenge 48: Dress at doubledrabbles.
Spoilers/Setting: The Prom.
Summary: Cordelia is broke and struggling to afford a dress for Prom Night.
Disclaimer: I don’t own BtVS, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Joss Whedon.
The dress is perfect; the colour, style, and fit… It’s everything Cordelia is looking for, and she knows she’d look absolutely stunning wearing it for the Prom. It might have been made just for her. The only thing wrong with it is the price tag. It’s way too high.
Once upon a time, really only a few short weeks ago but it already feels like forever, it would have been hardly more than pocket change for her. Only her father messed up badly with his taxes and now he’s lost everything, which means she has nothing, not even her pride anymore.
It’s humiliating, having to wear a nametag and work as a sales assistant just so she can hold her chin up at the Prom, just to keep her peers from finding out she’s broke. But the worst part is she already knows the dress is just a dream; even with all her wages, she won’t have it paid for, not in time for the big night.
When she learns Xander has paid off the balance for her, she almost cries; she’s not sure she deserves his kindness, but she’s not about to turn it down. There’s only one Prom.