Bouquet of Roses

I first got the idea for this short story when I saw an older gentleman leaving a store with a huge bouquet of roses and my muse went into high gear. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Jeremy left the florist quickly, having no time to spare. His wife of 10 years awaited him at home, ready to celebrate their anniversary tonight with a special evening out.

He arrived home at 6 pm, expecting to see Stacey ready and waiting for him impatiently. Instead, she was just stepping out of the bath; gratefully, he used this extra time given him to make a special display of the roses he’d just purchased.

He went searching for the prettiest vase he could find and proceeded to fill it with water. He removed the wrapping from the bouquet and arranged them in the vase after cutting off the ends about an inch from the bottom. He added the special powder that feeds the flowers and keeps them fresher longer.

Now, he wanted them to be the first thing Stacey saw as she entered the dining room. He wanted to see her reaction to the roses before she saw him. He then took his seat on the sofa and nervously waited.

Meanwhile, upstairs in their master bath, Stacey had taken a long, leisurely, lavender-filled bubble bath and was applying her make-up, doing her hair and deciding what to wear for this very long-awaited evening out. She chose Jeremy’s favorite, a black to-the-knee dress, open-toed shoes and a light burgundy shawl.

When Stacey was finally satisfied with how she looked, she headed out their bedroom door and down the staircase. She wondered if Jeremy had returned from work yet, as she hadn’t heard a sound from downstairs since she’d gotten out of the bath.

As she reached the bottom of the staircase she noticed the lights on in the front of the house. “Hmm…he must be home. Why so quiet?” she mused.

As Stacey crossed the living room and approached the door to the dining room, she was still wondering where Jeremy was when she saw it; A huge bouquet of 2 dozen roses, beautifully displayed on the kitchen table, with rose petals strategically placed around the vase with a card leaned up against it!

She let out a gasp, and that was what Jeremy heard before he saw her face light up at the sight of those gorgeous roses! Then, at the sound of the clearing of his throat, she turned to see him watching her with a look of sheer delight and love in his gray/blue eyes! This would be an anniversary they would not soon forget!

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