It’s February 15th! I hope you’ve published your story and come to link up! Your assignment was to write a complete story in 500 words or less using the scenario below to kick-start your thinking.
February is the month of love. Your prompt required only that you write a love story. Fashion it as you will, and remember there are many kinds of love.
The Valentine Gift
Valentineâ€™s Day. Jared stared at the date on the calendar. Two years ago Anna broke up with him on Valentineâ€™s Day. Last year Steph broke up with him on Valentineâ€™s Day. Both of them rejected him and his gifts because he hadn’t brought them diamonds or roses.
â€œNot good enough,â€ theyâ€™d said. Jared knew they were right, they werenâ€™t good enough. He was looking for a girl who wouldnâ€™t judge his value by the price tag on the gifts he offered.
He pulled his 1977 Orange Capri up in front of Janieâ€™s house and grabbed the fern and daisy bouquet heâ€™d placed on the passenger seat. Heâ€™d gone to his grandmotherâ€˜s greenhouse and picked the flowers himself, then he wrapped them in white wrapping tissue covered in red polka dot hearts. Heâ€™d secured the bouquet with a bit of red velvet cord and it looked every bit as glamorous as any professional presentation would have.
Jared carried the flowers to Janieâ€™s door and rang the bell. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue and white stripped, long-sleeved shirt and a dark blue v-neck sweater.
Janie came to the door in a simple pink shift. It had a rounded neck line, flutter sleeves and cute little flirty pleats in the skirt. She looked as fresh as the wild flowers.
â€œHi!â€ She lifted her face for a kiss. Their lips touched, then she said, â€œI hoped Iâ€™m dressed all right, you didnâ€™t say where we were going.â€
Jared smiled, told her she looked lovely, and offered her the flowers.
She accepted them exclaiming over the wrapping paper. â€œHow beautiful! I almost hate to take them out of the tissue.â€ Even so, Janie took the flowers to the kitchen and arranged them in a simple glass vase which she then carried into the living room and placed on the coffee table.
Jared said, â€œI thought weâ€™d go to the movies first and after we’d catch a bite at the diner.â€
Janie smiled. â€œGreat, let me get my coat!â€ She disappeared into the closet for a moment, then emerged carrying a blue jacket and a little red gift sack. She handed the sack to Jared. â€œHere, I got this for you. Itâ€™s kind of silly, but Iâ€™ve been wanting to give you this since the first time I saw your car.â€
He opened the sack, parted the tissue paper and found — a Matchbox car! Not just any Matchbox Miniature, but a replica of his little orange Capri. He held the car up in the palm of his hand and grinned at Janie. â€œThank you!â€
Janie said, â€œI spent the day in my motherâ€™s attic going through our old toys. I wasnâ€™t even sure we still had it. I was so excited when I found it that I brought it home, cleaned it up and even gave it a coat of wax. I know itâ€™s silly â€“ â€œ
â€œItâ€™s perfect,â€ Jared said. â€œYouâ€™re perfect. This car tells me Iâ€™ve found the girl of my dreams.â€ He’d finally found a girl he was willing to buy diamonds and roses because he knew she valued thoughtfulness and time more.