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Laugh and the world laughs with you

I began something new on my Facebook fan page - Friday Picture Stories.They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and each one tells a story. I began writing short tales inspired by images. This is the result.

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Danny made Cathy laugh. From the first moment they met, she laughed. She was shopping for shoes to attend a gala for her employer the very next week, and he was working the sidewalk spinning a sign that read 'Shoes to Cure your Blues'. When she approached the retail outlet, their eyes met. He smiled and began spinning the sign higher and faster. Cathy tried to ignore him, but then he did a little Texas-style boot-scoot boogie while spinning - and dropped the sign. She laughed.

She did find the perfect pair of shoes to cure her blues inside, and when she left the store, he was still standing outside with his sign, and also a bouquet of daisies which he handed to her. She accepted them because she didn't know how else to handle the awkward situation. Her girlfriends teased her all the way home, and that's when she discovered the note. The flowers had white floral paper wrapped around the stems and were tied with a pink ribbon, but there was writing on the paper. She untied the bow and unwrapped the paper and found this note.

"I think I'm in love. You smiled and my heart stopped...and I dropped my sign. I think it was a sign. No, really! The sign was a sign. It was a sign that you're the one....now if only you'd prove me right and say yes to a date. If you're thinking I'm crazy, you're probably right, but just crazy for you. I'm harmless, had my shots and everything. Please say yes. Call me and say yes. You know you want to say yes. (Are you thinking about saying yes?) This is my number.....say yes! 210-555-4343. Danny Yeager."

Cathy laughed. She knew without a doubt he was crazy. Who writes notes like this? She folded the paper and walked to the trash can, but when she popped the lid open, she paused. Instead, she put it on the counter and forgot about it.

By the end of the week, all the preparations for the annual BTB Banking Gala were complete, and she was ready to sit back and enjoy a night of good food, employee awards, and dancing. She dressed to the nines and slid into her new dancing shoes, a pair of silver sling-back heels encrusted with Swarovski crystals. They cost more than her dress, but she didn't care. She felt like a princess.

She found her table and sat down amongst her fellow workers. Drinks were served and the awards portion of the evening began. This was accompanied by a fabulous dinner. Lights, accolades, and applause dotted the dinner, but somehow, Cathy felt alone. She looked around at the people at her table. Everyone was with someone. She'd come alone thinking nothing of it, but now, faced with all the couples to her left and right, she felt like the odd woman out. Dinner and awards ended, and the band began to play. She watched as everyone got up to dance, everyone but her.

"Champagne, miss?" A deep voice asked from just behind her right shoulder.

Without turning around, she said "No, thank you."

"How about this?"

Something tickled her cheek. Cathy turned ready to deliver a swift rebuke to this person who breached her personal space and touched her without permission.

She came face to face with a bright yellow daisy. She looked up and stared into the smiling face of....Danny. He stood, holding the flower out to her, wearing a suit and tie!

"What are you doing here?" She asked.

"Same as you. Attending the company gala." He grinned at her.

"But you're a..a..sign guy." She stumbled over her words not wanting to sound insulting even though she realized she probably sounded insulting.

Danny pulled out the chair next to her and sat down. "Yes and no. I mean, yeah. I work there on the weekends, but during the week, I'm down in IT. When your computer crashes, I'm the guy you call."

Cathy's eyebrows rose as her expression grew to one of surprise. "But a sign guy? What for?"

"I'm trying to help pay my younger brother's college tuition. My parents passed away and it has been hard on him. I'd do anything for Jesse, even spinning a sign. It actually pays pretty well, and it's fun. I mean, I get to be outside, see all kinds of people, meet beautiful ladies...well, maybe just one." He looked at her, checked her over from head to toe slowly, but with respectful appreciation. "I see you got the crystal toe-tappers."

Cathy bit her lip trying not to laugh out loud at his corny line. "Yep. They are officially now my favorite pair of shoes."

"Have you tried them out yet?" He asked with an eyebrow raised.

"I wore them here, didn't I?" Confused by his question, she looked around the room.

He stood up. "That's not what I meant." He extended his hand to her. "Dance with me. Otherwise, you may as well return those shoes because they were meant for dancing."

Cathy looked at his earnest face. His dark eyes held so much mirth, and his lips looked like a smile was never far behind. She placed her hand in his, and something magical passed between them.

She stood, and he led them to the dance floor. He pulled her into the circle of his arms as the band began to play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. As the music embraced them, his arms wrapped around her. They fit like they were made for each other. He whispered "So, does this mean you're saying yes to a date with me?"

Cathy giggled. "No. This is just a dance."

"Are you at least going to tell me your name?" His fingers caressed her lower back.

She bit her lip and turned her face away, embarrassed by the blush creeping into her cheeks. "It's Cathy. Cathy Meade."

"Cathy..." He said her name as if testing the sweetness of it on his tongue. "Cathy Meade Yeager. It has a nice ring to it."

She looked up at him. "What? You're crazy!"

He smiled down at her. "Crazy in love. I'm going to marry you, Cathy Meade. Wait and see." He spun her out, and then pulled her back in, holding her close throughout the rest of the song.

She did wait. And she did see. After that night, they went on an official date. He made her laugh. He made her giddy. He treated her like she was more precious than gold. She had no idea that guys like Danny existed. There had to be a catch, right?

The 'catch' never showed its face, until ten years later. Cathy sat staring at the massive bouquets of daisies. The scent overwhelmed her senses, but she didn't care. The blanket of flowers draping Danny's coffin took her back in time to a sign-spinning boy who took a chance and gifted her with the sweetest present she'd ever received. She looked down at the folded paper in her hand. Fighting back tears, she opened it and smoothed it out. As she read the words, his coffin slowly lowered into the ground taking her heart with it. She wondered if she would ever laugh again...

"I think I'm in love. You smiled and my heart stopped...and I dropped my sign. I think it was a sign. No, really! The sign was a sign. It was a sign that you're the one....now if only you'd prove me right and say yes to a date. If you're thinking I'm crazy, you're probably right, but just crazy for you. I'm harmless, had my shots and everything. Please say yes. Call me and say yes. You know you want to say yes. (Are you thinking about saying yes?) This is my number.....say yes! 210-555-4343. Danny Yeager."

She smiled through her pain, tears falling onto the florist paper smearing the ink. "Yes, Danny. The answer is, and always will be yes..."

(More short stories on the blog from Michele E. Gwynn HERE)

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