He stood at the counter clutching the order receipt. When the clerk turned, her shocked expression reminded him of his disheveled appearance. Despite the additional sleeping pills, he didn’t sleep well last night. His mind fixated on what Vanessa finally shared with him. He respected her wishes, but still didn’t know what to do.
The clerk finally pulled the receipt from his fingers, looked at it, smiled and turned to retrieve the roses he ordered. Her smile finally gave him his answer. He wanted Vanessa’s smile more than anything.
“Miss, wait. I don’t want to cancel my order.” He noticed her confusion. “I’m sorry. Could you deliver the two dozen to where they will brighten someone’s day, and I will pay the extra charge.”
“Okay. I know someone who will appreciate them. Is there anything else?”
“This is going to sound odd, but can I have one long stem red rose, along with one long stem yellow rose and a pink carnation?”
“How do you want them assembled?”
“Please put them together in a vase.”
“How do you want the card to read?”
He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. “I’m sorry you lost your parents and your baby sister in the car accident.”
He noticed the young girl’s eyes tearing up. “Could you please put a blue carnation in a separate small vase and on that card put the inscription, ‘you were saved to bring this new life into the world…will you marry me?’”