Sabrina Was EngagedIt was the classic tale of a man who's fallen in love with the wrong woman. In my case, this woman had also become a close friend. Every day at work, I would take bitesize breaks and hang around the reception sharing jokes that would make her go red in an attempt to laugh quietly. When Jeremy (the Boss) was around, she would stealthily hand me little folded chits with jokes and suggestions. We felt like we were back in elementary school trying to hide stuff from the class teacher. The trouble was all that time, I was falling more and more for Sabrina. Every time she looked at me, I felt a knot in my stomach, my heart pounded whenever she leaned on me, And whenever we went out for a few drinks after work, I would invariably want to kiss her. When she was with me, I felt like I owned the world.
The Dinner. The Everlasting Rose. The Perfect Setup.I invited Sabrina for dinner one Friday. Asked her to bring her boyfriend fully knowing he wasn't in town. "Sorry, Pete's in Newcastle this weekend. But I'll come", she lipped with her innocent smile. I felt guilty as I wasn't so naive.
I planned it well. I made the perfect setup - a cozy, romantic ambiance. The lights were down, a dozen scented candles lit up the room dimly - casting tall shadows on the walls. Jazzy tempo with the silky smooth voice of Frank Sinatra gently floated in from my Home Pod.
But that wasn't all. Sat on the coffee table next to the couch was an everlasting rose in a glass dome with fairy lights inside. I saw these roses first in New York at a friend's apartment. He had told me that he used the everlasting rose to propose to his wife. There was something quite magical and mysterious about this everlasting rose - a real rose frozen in time, standing in perpetual beauty. It was the perfect setup. The perfect rose, the candle, and the perfect movie - The Beauty and The Beast - a classic tale of love with a similar infinity rose.
I was going to let my heart out.
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