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On their first wedded Valentine’s Day they had their first big fight.   Angry and hurt,  she ran out to her car before he could stop her.

She drove several miles to the small country inn they had often seen from the highway.

To punish him and make him worry,  she promised herself she wouldn’t call.  But after an hour or so she relented.

“I’m sorry,  please forgive me and come home,  it’s Valentine’s Day!”,  he pleaded.

“I already paid for one night,  there’s a beautiful four poster in the room,  and breakfast is included.   Why don’t you come here?”,  she said.

 RetroFlash / 100 Words      

– Dana Susan Lehrman                                             

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Valentine’s Day
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  1. What a great story, Dee…just perfect!

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    Ah yes, Dana, that first Valentine’s Day. I’m sure we also had a fight because he didn’t know it would be a big deal to me. So silly in retrospect. Great RetroFlash.

  3. John Shutkin says:

    What a lovely RetroFlash, Dana. You have said it all in 100 words. And a terrific featured image, too.

    Is that photo of the actual four poster? And dare I ask if you remember what the argument was about? Inquiring minds want to know…..

    • Alas John, the four poster is a stock photo, no cell phones then!

      And hard to remember what the fight was about as that first Valentine’s Day was (gulp) over 50 years ago.

      But it might have been the recurring dynamic – he says something that I find insensitive, and he accuses me of being over-sensitive. Or maybe it was about my mother!

  4. Betsy Pfau says:

    Perfect RetroFlash, Dana. Fight, then make-up sex? Anyway, you got to spend that night in a romantic inn.

  5. Marian says:

    How cool and romantic, Dana. If you had to have a fight on Valentine’s Day, what a way to end it!

  6. Suzy says:

    I love this story, Dana! Very effective writing it in the third person. I did not assume it was necessarily about you, but reading your responses to the comments of others, I gather that you admit it was. Either way, whether fact or fiction, it’s a perfect RetroFlash!

  7. Jeff Gerken says:

    I didn’t realize until I read the responses to others’ comments that the story was actually about you.
    I just wrote Suzy to tell her that I won’t be posting a story on this prompt – February 14 is June’s ex-husband’s birthday, and we just don’t do Valentine’s day.

  8. Khati Hendry says:

    I’m learning what a “retro-flash” is–you said all that needed to be said, and we could fill in the blanks so well. A short memory never forgotten. Thanks.

  9. Like Suzy and Jeff, i did not presume the story was autobiographical. It’s a great piece of writing–fiction or nonfiction. These days it would be different, in one important respect, : the protagonist would wait for the partner to call her! Because everyone has cell phones. Back then, if you didn’t make the call, there was no way–short of a police hunt–for him to find you.

  10. Sweet, Dana. Apology included!

  11. Thanx Charles, all was forgiven!

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