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A Perfect Bloom 34 – Alex Ankarr
As he steps sidewise into the office, beginning to circle around her, she eyes him like a lioness that’s scenting prey. Which does nothing to instil him with good feelings and anticipation, for whatever it is that she feels she has to say to him.
Also, she has her hands behind her back, which probably also does not bode well. “You hiding something, Linnet?” he ventures, not getting too close, circling her warily. She rotates too, so that he still can’t see what she’s hiding, a serene grin lighting up her face. Then she stops, suddenly, and reaches out a hand from behind her back.
What she’s been hiding is a rose. Not just any rose, either, but by the looks of it, a rose from the same bushes as the original pinched rose that Sam gifted him, this past Monday. Flame-red and rich-yellow, painted in rough wild stripes, with the deep moss-green of the foliage and stem a vivid contrast, highlighting the brightness of the bloom.
Cory looks at the flower almost as warily as he looks at Linnet. “Pretty,” he comments, mildly, still not getting within arms’ reach of her. And Linnet laughs at him.
“Isn’t it,” she says, teasingly, advancing upon him like a terrifying Amazon. “Now go forth and get your man with it, why don’t you?” And she grabs his hand, and – very carefully, considering the thorns – gently puts the rose in it, and lightly wraps his fingers around the stem.
Doubtfully, Cory looks down at the pretty bloom. He’s still plastered and bandaged up from the other day, his rose-inflicted injuries that Sam himself ministered to. Wounds hurt, and so does love, he’s experienced and been told. He’s not sure about this, and his face must say so.
“This is the first day he hasn’t got some little token of his warm regard and deep affection to you by this time, some way or another,” she points out.
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