Lucile did something really creative for the Big Violet Contest last summer--she wrote the first chapter of a novel that was inspired by Violet's story. Now, I'm going to post a the short prologue of e. by Eleanor here. I really like it! (Lucile also drew some fashion designs to go with her story, but unfortunately, I can't get them to show up as jpegs so I can't post them. Sorry!). "Jumbo size of M&Ms? Check. Latest issue of Vogue? Check. Latest issue of NYLON? Check. Pack of cinnamon gum? Check. "'Flight 1694 for New York LaGuardia will begin boarding in five minutes with our First Class and Priority passengers.' "To complete my checklist--and possibly because I'm always slightly paranoid that my plane ticket is going to vanish off the face of the planet somewhere between security and my handing it to the attendant at the gate--I look down at my lap for the ninety seventh time to check for my ticket. "I know what you're thinking: Why don't you put it in your bag? Why don't you put it in your wallet? "Nope. It's been sitting in my lap for the latest thirty four minutes since I got back from my trip to the newsstand and the bathroom and that's where it'll be until I get up to board the plane. "Why? Because if it's in my lap I can continue to read the 'Arriving New York LGA 7:54 PM, Seat 1B, First Class.' None of that is anything I haven't seen before. Not even the First Class bit (back during one of his guilt trips, Dad flew us First Class to Telluride for Christmas a few years ago). No, what has my attention so focused is the combination of the ticket declaring that I, Eleanor Sheridan, am going to New York tonight, and the dress that is visible underneath said ticket. "You see, it is that dress, the very one I am wearing now, that is, in many ways, the reason I am going to New York at all; the reason my lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer just might be about to come true." So how did Eleanor get on this plane? And how will she prove to her cheerleader sister that being the artsy one has value? Maybe it has something to do with the red-headed woman who spotted her at a barbecue and told her that her dress, an original design, had a little bit of "Galliano, Lipsy, Stella, and a little Religion but from last season" in it. Hopefully Lucile will keep writing and we can find out about Eleanor's adventures in New York! Thanks, Lucile!