An Elegant Old Woman

She chose the triple tiered pearl earrings that day because she liked how they picked up on the nacre buttons of her ultramarine gown. The chambermaids protested when she made them get in the tub, and even more so when they realized it was filled with blue dyed broth. Clouds of hot steam filled the space between their naked bodies.

An elegant old woman turned to me and said, but you both chose the soup that you’re being boiled in.