Writers Digest Writing Prompt
You receive a Valentine’s Day card in the mail from a secret admirer. According to the love note, the secret admirer will reveal his or her identity on Valentine’s Day at a location mentioned on the card. Oddly enough, this is the same location you are taking your current love interest out on a Valentine’s Day date. Write about how this evening plays out.
For the first time in as long as I can remember I’m actually excited about Valentine’s Day. Sense I’ve been married to Victoria I’ve found that I hate this Hallmark Holiday more and more. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a good husband; I make sure she feels special on that day. Victoria’s gauge on how special she feels is directly related to how many thousands I manage to spend on this cursed day, but I smile and pretend to enjoy myself.
This year though, this year will be different… I might actually get something done for me. February seventh a bike messenger rides up to me while I’m walking my dog and gives me a bouquet of lavender roses with a note from a secret admirer. She’s been writing me letters, sweet poetry and sending me flowers everyday sense. She says she doesn’t want to cause problems but she wants to meet me at The Nest on Valentine’s Day. I thought at first it had to be Victoria especially when She also insisted that we have our Valentine’s Day dinner at the Nest but Victoria doing something for me is about as likely as seeing a black man at a KKK meeting. I wanted to at least meet her…The Nest is a restaurant with two floors so I figured I’d be able to pull off meeting her for a few minutes.
Our limo pulled in front of The Nest at nine o’clock exactly. The cool February air calmed my stomach as it was tied in knots like I was going on my first date, the knots got tighter as we walked inside and were seated in the dining room.
“This place sure has gone down sense they changed management.” Victoria turns her nose up and says loud enough for the hostess to hear. The hostess smiles and still helps Victoria with her chair.
“What are you talking about? The food is still excellent and the employees are great despite your rude comments.”
“That’s just because you insist on slipping them big tips when I’m not looking, As if I’m too stupid to notice.”
Well you shouldn’t act like it. I thought to myself, “You know I have to order the appetizers and salads when I make the reservations but if you need a menu for your entrée I can get you one.
“Eh-you know what I like.” She rolls her eyes and pushes off a fake smile, that’s Victoria attempts to be nice. Once I see all her friends and club members in the dining room I realize she just wanted to come here to keep up appearances, other wise she would have taken the Jewelry and not been bothered with me again until our monthly sex appointment, that’s usually canceled…”I see Jenny and Dave over there I’m gonna go say hi.” She says pushing herself away from the table,
Victoria and I first plates arrived, we ate…or I ate and she played with her food while we sat there and pretended to make nice. I couldn’t help watching the clock I had just 15 more minutes before I was suppose to meet her upstairs. She said she’d be sitting at the only table with a red flower in the vase.
“Are you itching to get away from me dear?” Victoria asks,
“What…what are you talking about?”
“You’re watching that watch like your afraid it might leave your wrist.”
Just waiting until this nightmare is over just like you. I thought, “No I, uh-have a business call to make and I don’t want to be late.” I answered,
“Working on a holiday?”
“Uh, yeah…it won’t take long.” I said as I got up from the table, Victoria turned her nose up in that snide way she was so good at. I nervously made my way up to the second floor of the dining room; I immediately saw the table with the red flower in the vase in the far corner of the dining area. I was relieved to see my admirer hadn’t shown up yet. It gave me a chance to take a few shots and try to calm my stomach. I sat with my back against the wall watching, anxiously waiting.
The moment she approached the top of the stairs I knew it was her. She never described herself in any of the letters but when our eyes met it was almost as if we had seen each other before. She smiles as she approaches the table and my heart almost jumped out my chest. She was five foot three with beautiful light browns eyes and a smile that’ll make a dead man rise from the grave. Her skin was flawless, a mix of creamy vanilla and rich milk chocolate. Her slender frame was neatly wrapped in a classy royal blue dress.
“May I sit?” She said in a sweet voice,
“Yes…please.” I jumped up from my seat so I could help her in hers; we took our seats and awkwardly stared into each other eyes for a few moments. “So uh…I never forget a pretty face so I know we haven’t met, I know I don’t know you.
“No I’m Elise, but I know you… very well.” She says with a smile,
“I know your marriage is a marriage of circumstance, it was more of a business deal. You never wanted to marry her you did it out of obligation of your family name. The kind of man you are…I think you were probably forced to marry her and Victoria, Victoria never wanted to marry you either. Her family had the name but nowhere near the money or the status as yours. That inbred low class witch should be thankful a man as beautiful and complete as you agreed to marry her. Now that she has your name and some of your money she’s gotten to the point where she doesn’t even have the good taste to hide her contempt towards you.”
“So you do your home work?” Not sure rather to be flattered or worried,
“You deserve someone who’s going to be with you and love you, someone who knows how brilliant and how sweet you are.”
“Yeah and how rich I am?” I added trying to gauge her expression,
“Unlike your wife, I don’t need your money. I am the new owner and the executive chef of this restaurant.” Elise said proudly,
“Okay…” I said…I have to admit I was a little impressed, “It’s not as if I could just leave my wife, not just yet anyway.” I said not really realizing at the time that I can hear a lot of commotion coming from the downstairs dining room. Elise had an I Pad that she used to keep track of costumers, reservations, and orders. It started to vibrate uncontrollably.
“I can wait” She says with a smile, “In the mean time you should go and enjoy your dinner before your entrée gets cold. My pad says your wife had already started to……dig in.” Elise said with a smile that in hindsight almost seemed sinister as she removed herself from the table.
I walked back down stairs and I could immediately see my wife had fallen out her seat knocking her plate and the glasses on the floor. The hostess had already pulled her flat on her back and started doing the life saving procedures she was trained to do. I rushed to her side not really sure what I could do to help. “Somebody call 911…Wa-What happened?” I blurted out not really sure what to think,
“I don’t know, she just fell out her chair and now she’s not breathing.” The hostess explained then she put her head on Victoria’s chest. I could tell right away by the look in her eyes that it wasn’t good. “Hurry up with the ambulance.” The hostess yelled then she continued pumping on her chest trying desperately to keep her blood flowing.
I got a text message on my phone from my admirer, from Elise. I knew I wouldn’t have to wait long….xoxoxo}:-[