Archive for March 6th, 2012

6th March
written by amber


Ava enters the coffeeshop and stands in the doorway for a moment, looking around to see if she can spot Pearl. The woman sitting alone at a table by the window – that has to be her.

She goes over to the table. “Pearl?”

“Yes. Are you Ava? Sit down, sit down.”

“I’ll get some coffee first. Would you like a pastry to go with your coffee?”

“I’d love one, but my hips would never forgive me.”

“Oh, you don’t look like you need to worry about that. And, anyhow, this is not just coffee, it’s a celebration!”

“Okay, just this once.”

Ava returns to the table with her coffee and two custard Danish. She sits and the two women clink their coffee cups together.

“So, Dave agreed to meet Nora?” Pearl asks.

“Yes, they’ll have their first date tomorrow night!”

“So soon! That’s exciting.”

“I can imagine how it’ll be.”

“First they’ll talk about the way we arranged for them to meet…”

Dave and Nora are at a Red Lobster restaurant.

Nora laughs. “I can’t believe our mothers did this to us.”

“Yeah, I didn’t even know there was a website for people to post details about their unmarried children.”

“Well, don’t take this personally, Dave, but I only agreed to this date to get Mom off my back. I’m not in the market for a long term relationship.”

“Oh, me neither.”

“They’ll resist it at first,” Pearl chuckles.

“But they’re so well suited.”

Nora is in her messy apartment, playing video games and eating instant noodles out of the styrofoam bowl.

Dave is in his messy apartment, playing video games and eating instant noodles out of the styrofoam bowl.

“They’ll meet again,” Pearl predicts, nodding as the waitress offers her a refill on her coffee.

Nora and Dave run into each other in the supermarket, buying instant noodles, and stand talking in the middle of the aisle. An angry older shopper snaps at them, “Can you please take your conversation elsewhere!”

“Let’s go for coffee,” Dave says.

At the coffeeshop, they talk for hours.

“Dave will share his love of science fiction with Nora.”

Nora and Dave are at a science fiction convention, both dressed as aliens.

“Nora will share her love of geocaching with Dave.”

Dave and Nora are digging a hole at the top of a hill somewhere.

Ava states, “And then they’ll have sex.”

Pearl sighs. “I know. That’s the modern way. I’d prefer it if they’d wait, but as long as they eventually get married, I’m okay with it.”

Dave and Nora are in bed in one of their messy apartments, naked beneath the sheets, snuggling while they watch a movie on a laptop.

“We’ll have a party when they get engaged.” Ava smiles as she imagines it.

Dave, Nora, Ava, Pearl and two men sit around a table at a Red Lobster restaurant, toasting with glasses of wine.

Pearl cautions, “Don’t be surprised if it’s a long engagement. That’s what the young people do these days.”

“We might have to do something to push things along.”

Ava is in a hospital bed, Nora and Dave at her side. She says, “I just wish I could live long enough to see you two married.”

“Let’s go for a drive. I want to show you something,” Pearl says.

The two women leave coffeeshop, and drive to a nearby church.

They enter the church and see the sunlight streaming through a large stained glass window.

“I was hoping the wedding could be here,” Pearl says, tentatively.

“That would be beautiful.”

“Oh, I’m so relieved. Dave’s profile said he was agnostic, and I was worried you weren’t religious either. But do you think he’ll agree?”

“If it’s what you want and what I want, and what Nora wants, I’m sure he’ll go along with it.”

“It’s what she wants. When she was a little girl she always said she wanted to get married here, with the big stained glass window, so I’m sure she’ll still feel that way. It will be so beautiful…”

Nora and Dave are standing at the altar. The minister pronounces them man and wife, then the organ plays the Bobby Goldsboro song, Honey.

“What? Not the Wedding March?”

“No. Honey is my favourite song, it was played at my wedding, and it was Nora’s favourite song when she was a girl. She always said she wanted it to be played at her wedding.”

“Don’t you think you ought to ask her if she still feels that way?”

“No, she’ll agree.”

“And what if Dave doesn’t want that song?”

“The bride and her family get to pick the songs, that’s the way it’s done, Ava.”

“So, there’s no changing your mind?”

“No. No way at all.”

Ava takes out her cell phone. “Well then, I’m calling Dave and telling him the date’s off. Honey will be played at my son’s wedding when pigs fly, not before.”

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story for every day of the year and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line or topic suggestions in the Comment section of any story.

This story was written with suggestions for a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre supplied by Jan Gass. I’m practicing for the script I’ll be writing for the 48 Hour Movie Making Challenge in Calgary on March 30. Jan gave me: 1. Stained glass window 2. when pigs fly 3. comedy. Thanks, Jan!