her favourite bench


(Please note: the image of a red bench (from fffaw) has disappeared, and I can not get the picture from other blogs to work. To view the bench, see other fffaw posts)

Another Valentine’s Day, and no money for a ring. He’d wanted her as his wife for so long and so hard, his heart hurt. But he still couldn’t buy her a ring. Hell, he couldn’t buy her a dry, warm, decent place to stay. He could give her nothing. She’d find some trash that, with her gentle hands, became a trinket. A love token for him.

This year was going to be different. He nosed around the houses being gentrified near the park. Amazing what folks just discarded. Always made him shake his head. In a couple of hours, he had what he needed.

“Don’t look,” he said. “Keep them beautiful eyes closed.” With her in position, he whispered in her ear, “Happy Valentine’s Day, love. Open your eyes.”

She clapped her hands together, and did a little kick step dance. He had painted her favourite bench Valentine’s red. (149 words)

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (week of February 9) and Tale Weaver #52: Love Notes. Image: Ady



21 thoughts on “her favourite bench

  1. milliethom February 13, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    What a lovely Valentine’s Day surprise for her. Being homeless is very sad, and people in that situation must find those special times of the year particularly hard.Your story had a nice happy ending for this couple.


  2. Priceless Joy February 12, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Such a sweet Valentine’s story! Wonderful Phylor!


  3. momtheobscure February 12, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    It’s not the ring that is important but the love, he showed his by doing something just to make her happy. That’s lovely.


    • taleweavering February 13, 2016 / 7:10 am

      Thank you.
      I was thinking of how being homeless doesn’t mean you can’t be in love. And, the most precious gifts come from the heart, not from a store.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. luckyjc007 February 12, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Very sweet and thoughtful of him. 😄


    • taleweavering February 12, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Without money, he did what he thought she would like. Yes it was sweet and thoughtful of him.


  5. mandibelle16 February 11, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Aw, that’s a lovely surprise for Valentine’s.


  6. jademwong February 11, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Awww. I’m glad he was able to give her something. Sometimes, it’s the thought that counts rather than the object itself. Very cute story ^_^


    • taleweavering February 12, 2016 / 6:43 am

      Glad you liked my story.
      I agree that the thought is important. And, that money doesn’t mean love — lots of love without money.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. summerstommy2 February 11, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Ahh what a lovely tale and how wonderful to do something so special for a loved one.


    • taleweavering February 11, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      I was thinking how homeless folks are still humans capable of falling deeply in love. Now she has a special bench for sitting or sleeping, and he’ll always be close.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. inkbiotic February 11, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Perfect, sweet, little story. :)


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