Steve stared at the equipment in the middle of his living room floor. He just didn’t seem to have the energy to get the karaoke machine, speakers, and music loaded into his van. Normally, Friday nights were the best; people getting off from a long week of work, looking to let off a little steam. But this Friday was different. It was the most dreaded coupling imaginable; Valentine’s Day and Friday night. That added stress of being at a bar alone on the night of love.
The song requests were already floating through Steve’s mind: Love Is A Battlefield, Love Stinks, Love Bites, Looking For Love (In All The Wrong Places) and the pièce de résistance, Friends In Low Places. And if the song selections weren’t pitiful enough, the drunken, desperate hook-ups that were going to take place. The closer to closing the more desperate it got, because no one wanted to end Valentine’s Day alone.
Then there was the flower girl who always came through the bar around 11:00. The guys would either be buying overpriced, wilted roses for their one night stands or averting their eyes, not wanting to spend any more money than was already on the table in Jell-O shots; and the gals‘ looks of longing at wanting a rose given to them on this the most sacred day for lovers. Steve shook his head. No, this was not going to be a fun night at all.
Well, let’s get this over with, Steve finally sighed to himself. He got up and began lugging his livelihood out to the van. After the last crate was loaded, he went back in the house and grabbed his lucky fedora. Maybe he could start the night off with some George Thorogood; One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. And, hey, that little flower girl was kinda cute. Maybe he’d buy a flower for her. Yeah, Valentine’s Day. Infinite possibilities when you have an infinite playlist.
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This bit of Valentine’s Day fun is inspired by Weekly Writing Challenge: My Funny Valentine?
In your posts for this challenge, feel free to take the discussion in whatever direction inspires you. You can share your most unabashedly romantic Valentine’s story, or write about why you shun the holiday altogether. You can describe a funny (or touching, or poignant) scene you’ve witnessed on a past Valentine’s, or tell us about an alternative celebration you’re planning this year to mark your most meaningful relationships.