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The Best Valentine (Short story)

The smooth yet firm kiss on G’s cheeks woke her up gently.

“Good morning, my love.” Her boyfriend whispered into her ear.

“Good morning baby.” G replied softly with her eyes still closed.

She slowly turned onto her back until she could feel her man’s upper body on hers. She felt another smooth kiss, this time on her lips.

She smelled the breakfast that he had cooked for her.  She took a moment to appreciate the egg like smell. When she opened her eyes, she saw her man staring right at her with him leaning on his elbow on the bed next to her. She stared back at his perfection. His long eye lashes waved like a piece of paper on air. His light brown eyes were a perfect circle like a clean compact disk. She ran her fingers over his shoulders down his arms and caught his fingers firmly intertwine with hers.

“Baby you should really eat before it gets cold.” He warned.

“Oh yes. I definitely should.” She quickly got out of her bed and sat at the edge. She finally saw the eggs. They were made into an omelet with vegetables, his specialty. Next to it was chocolate milk in a mug that has a picture of Barak Obama with a caption that read “Yes We Can.” She giggled.

“Baby, this is amazing.” She said with a huge grin on her face that she couldn’t wipe off.

“I know.” He said as he got up and headed for the door. “Eat quickly so I can take you somewhere you have never seen before.”

“Where is that?” She yelled behind him.

“It’s a secret.”

Soon, she found herself alone in the bedroom. She sat quietly and ate the food that was given to her, savoring every bite. She wanted to know the place that she was going to so desperately.

As soon as she took her last bite of the omelet, she got up and headed for the door. Her boyfriend leaned against the wall right outside the bedroom with his legs crossed and hands in his pocket. He looked up at her, smiled and held out his hand for her to take. She took it happily.

“Close your eyes.” He whispered softly.

She did.

After walking for a little while, she heard him whisper again telling her to open.

She did.

The first thing she recognized was all the beautiful colors of the world magnified. The green grass, the pink, yellow and purple flowers, and the light blue sky overwhelmed her. She spun around and around until he caught her in his arms and stopped her facing him. He held her tightly and kissed her softly again.

“Check this out.” He whispered and turned her around till her back was to him.

The scene in front of her was surreal. There was a picnic tablecloth in the middle of the green grass that was checkered red and white. A basket was also sat on it with a couple of glasses next to it and made it look so perfect.

“Baby, where are we?” She asked curiously. “I’ve never been here before.”

“I know right?”

“Where is everyone?”

“They’re all at a party.” He replied. “I figured it would be the perfect time to make you happy.”

She just smiled at him and ran towards the picnic. She sat in the center and held her head up.

“Lay back.”

She did as he told her without a word. She looked up at the clear blue sky as that was the only thing she could see. Suddenly, she saw a chocolate covered strawberry at the center of her sight. Her man was holding it right above her lips. She took a bite and closed her eyes to taste each flavor. After swallowing, she opened her mouth for a second bite but didn’t get it. She felt his lips touching hers. She smiled a little and kissed him again. She loved the fact that he kissed her all the time, without her ever thinking about it.

A little bit later, he lay on his back and pulled her close to his chest, hugging her gently. After what seemed like a few hours, he got up suddenly and asked her a question.

“Do you want to play hide and seek?”

“Sure.” She replied without hesitation.

“Close your eyes and count to ten.”

She did as he said, with no objection.

“One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten!”

She opened her eyes and she was alone. She got up and started looking around for him everywhere she knew and saw. She went all the way around a huge tree and looked behind each billboard.


Then, she heard her name.


The voice sounded far away. She listened attentively.


This time, the voice was closer and louder. She got really scared and closed her eyes.

She felt a punch on her arm and quickly opened her eyes.

She looked over her desk and saw her colleague standing there with a smirk.

“Happy valentine’s day, girl.” He teased.

She looked at her watch, 5:30pm; then at her cell phone, no missed calls.

Ugh! She put her head on her desk and banged it a couple of times.

“He didn’t call, huh?”

“No.” She groaned.

“Oh well,” he said carelessly, “let me take you to dinner, for valentine’s sake.”

She looked up at him and just rolled her eyes. “I gotta go.” She collected her things and walked out.


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