It was exactly how Maggie had dreamed it. The last of the sun’s deep orange rays sparkled through the cut glass tumbler and winked out, leaving the final sip of wine to the twilight.
With no Wi-Fi to distract him, Brian was moved to lean over for a kiss. This was the spark Maggie had hoped to rekindle when she painstakingly planned this Valentine’s Day hike. Romance had long ago been replaced with an endless bickering. Maggie feared that might be all that remained of their relationship. Relief filled her heart as she returned Brian’s kiss and leaned back onto an elbow.
“Ouch!” Maggie sat up quickly as a fallen shard of peppermint candy pierced her forearm.
Brian, mentally rounding the bases, was not able to process this move in time to avoid the collision between his nose and her forehead.
The crack was audible. Brian’s hands flew to his damaged nose.
“What did you do that for?” he yelled as she asked, “Are you okay?”
She picked the candy out of her arm while he checked his hands for blood, all thoughts of romance gone.
In the rapidly fading light, Maggie began to collect their picnic items.
Brian touched his nose and winced,“I don’t know why you even drug me out here in the first place. We have wine at home.”
“Why can’t you just appreciate all the planning I put into this evening?”
“How much planning could it possibly take?”
“Well, one of us knows how to consider all the details. Come here and help me with this backpack.”
Brian shrugged on the pack and glanced around for the trail. “Hand me the flashlight so we can get out of here.”
“Great planning, Maggie. Remind me next year to just get you some roses.”
Written for: Daily Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Heart, roses, candy
Word count: 300