He set aside his entire evening. He spent half a month's salary on bribes to get them a table at the city's most exclusive restaurant. He bought her the best chocolates. He found her favorite wine, in its best year.
Nervous, he showered three times and used that cologne he
couldn't stand, but that she said reminded her of the ocean. She loved
the ocean. So he made sure that their table overlooked it.
He had his
best suit dry-cleaned and held off wearing it for a month, saving it
just for that night. He wore the tie she'd gotten him last year. He got
a dozen black roses, and put them in a bouquet with a dozen white
ones. In the very center, he placed a single, brilliant red rose. That
bouquet sat on the middle of their table for two hours as he waited
for her. She never came. At the stroke of ten, he looked out at the
night city skyline. His jaw fell as he realized. He'd forgotten to