Self-Delivery

I got the idea for this story on Wednesday, but I got COVID earlier in the week, so this is the first I’ve had the strength to write it down. You could chalk this up to my fevered brain, although I write this kind of thing all the time, so I guess that’s no excuse.

Self-Delivery

The knock was soft, like the caress of leaves on stone. I opened the door to find a single red rose, standing upright.

From Jamie and selfdeliveryflowers.com, the card read.

The rose skittered inside on tiny rootlets, petals bent low, questing. I found it in the kitchen, dipping its stem into a soaking spaghetti pot. I grabbed a vase and pushed the flower inside with tongs.

Thanks for the flower, I texted Jamie, happy that revulsion wasn’t conveyed by mere text.

He responded immediately. Flower? Nah, I got you a dozen, babe. The other eleven will be there any moment.

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  1. Margaret says:

    Deliciously wacky story. I love it.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I can’t but approve of twisting the very symbol of romantic love to a thing of fear

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    1. Thanks, Neil. I do like to twist things around, as you know. 🙂

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  3. elmowrites says:

    Yeah, no. If you’re sending self-delivery flowers, they need to bring their own vase.

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    1. yeah, maybe Jamie just didn’t spring for the upgrade package. Flowers in a vase on a little robotic platform would be okay. Thanks for reading!

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  4. I loved this photo that Dale posted on one of her sites for Mother’s Day, so it’s great to see it again, a single rose my most favorite bloom.

    You’re so good at flash fiction David, that I wish you’d do more, like you used to. It;s an art, as Rochelle’s loyal group well know.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I’m going to try to post ever week from now on, barring illness.

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      1. It will make you feel your best since you love to write so much. I know this to be true.

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  5. msjadeli says:

    You’re right, your story does have an aspect of brain fever 😉 Nothing wrong with that. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks! I never did have a fever, so I guess I can’t really blame it on that.

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  6. Dear David,

    Delirium only enhanced your (ab)normal creativity. Please don’t give Jamie my address. 😉 Sending healing thoughts your way.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle. Well, I survived and should be back to normal this week. Some technological advances might sound good, but would be pretty horrifying in real life.

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  7. Dale says:

    I feel your pain, David, having caught the lovely virus in March!
    And I wish I was this creative with a fevered brain. And no self-delivery flowers for me, thank you very much!

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    1. Thanks Dale and thanks for the picture. I feel like I’m now part of the shared global experience, although once was enough.

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      1. Dale says:

        Pleasure is mine and I am with you on that one. Once was more than enough, thank you, very much!

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  8. Bill says:

    The other 11. Oh, dear. Well done, even with covid.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I appreciate the comment. Have a great day.

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