The Blue Dress

The Blue Dress

by David Riese


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NOTE: This is the screenplay based on the short story, The Blue Dress.

Rebecca, 12-years-old, learns that her Uncle Wallace, a cattle baron from Texas, is coming to visit. Rebecca doesn't like her uncle and her only hope is that he will bring her a birthstone ring like the one he bought for her cousin the year before.

Her uncle arrives. After dinner, Uncle Wallace gives Rebecca her gift: a blue dress once owned by his wife Vera who has remained in Texas. When Rebecca's mother asks her to try on the dress, Rebecca, bitterly disappointed, runs to her room in tears.

The next day, Rebecca asks her mother for help sewing on the back of a needlepoint pillow that she has worked on for months. Seeing the pillow, Uncle Wallace praises Rebecca's handiwork.

Rebecca soon suspects that her father and Uncle Wallace have reached an agreement that she won't like. When her suspicions become true, Rebecca finds a way to exact a fitting revenge in return for the adults' betrayal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530801275
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.06(d)

About the Author

Born in 1946, Dave Riese grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts, graduating from Arlington High School in 1964. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, majoring in English literature. During his junior year, he studied English Literature at Oxford University.

After graduating in 1968, Riese enlisted in the Air Force one step ahead of his draft board's invitation to join the army. He was station in the Philippines at Clark AB and at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington D.C.

In 1978 and with no computer experience, Riese was hired by Liberty Mutual Insurance. He learned later that the reason he was hired was his writing and communications background. He says, "This goes to show you that an English degree is a valuable asset!" He retired from Massachusetts Financial Services in spring of 2012.

He and his wife moved north of Boston in 1974. Their daughter lives in Ireland with her husband. Their son and his wife are pediatricians in Rhode Island. They have four grandchildren.

Riese is the author Echo from Mount Royal, a novel about a young woman's strange courtship in 1951 Montreal.

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