Every week a group of us bloggers looks to Ang, the Sweltering Celt, for our Microfantasy Monday prompt. This week she gave us “Surprises“.
This is one of those themes that bring so many possibilities to mind, it’s almost impossible to choose. When I finally settled myself down and thought about both the theme, “Surprises”, and the over all thread of this series, “Fantasy”, this is what I came up with.
I was driving back from the airport when I received her text. My wife was sitting at the departure gate with our daughters, heading out on a spring break vacation to Florida while I stayed home and worked through the week. I was worried she’d forgotten something important and flicked open the message with some apprehension.
“Make sure to check your pillow when you get home.”
I had to read that about 5 times before I was sure I hadn’t misread any of the words. What the heck did she mean, “check my pillow”?
I drove back home, pondering the possibilities, testing each theory for plausibility and working myself into a ridiculous frenzy. I dropped my keys on the counter and walked quickly back to the bedroom, snapping on the light which illuminated an envelope sitting on my pillow. The only thing on it was my name. I sat down on the bed and opened it, pulling two pieces of folded paper from it.
“Better get your bags packed, your flight leaves in the morning.”
And as I gazed at the second piece of paper, the destination jumped out at me and my jaw dropped to my lap.
From Seattle, WA (SEA) To San Francisco, CA (SFO)
I blinked, stared at the boarding pass, stared at the date, read it at least 5 times before I could believe it. Oh. My. God. Wow… they’d done this together, the two of them cooked up this surprise and I had been completely clueless. The grin on my face widened.. with a ‘Wooop!!!!’ I got up and started packing my bags. I had a very big weekend ahead of me.
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