Every week there would be flowers, but these would be the last that he bought. His first flowers were orchids for beauty. His second were red roses for passion and love. And so through their years together, he had chosen for her, sometimes quickly but never without thought. Roses were his favourite still; white for eternal love, pink for perfect happiness and yellow for joy. Roses proved difficult to keep and as time passed, he had chosen more practical flowers, saving them for special occasions. Now it was his final choice and although the flowers would hardly be noticed, he set about his task aware of its significance.

He paused briefly over yellow carnations; flowers for disappointment. But she had not disappointed. She had awakened feelings in him that he had never known before and that he feared he might not know again. He had walked past the tulips; their message to believe in him, unheeded as their problems grew. Ivy for friendship perhaps?  Definitely not; they were lovers, their relationship forged from the spark between them not shared ideals or mutual tastes. Friendship, if it ever came, would be uneasy and fragile, tinged with regret and loss. He closed his eyes and thought of her; he would always think of her.

He closed the door behind him. On the table sat his keys, a forwarding address and a simple vase of pink carnations.


About Peter Domican
Marketer and change professional. Writer and photographer.

9 Responses to Choice

  1. sonia says:

    Very sad. Breakups usually are, but they are usually more angry, too.

  2. marc nash says:

    Oooh, Chelsea Flower Show eat your heart out. Simple but very effective key code to the emotional state of mind

  3. I’d love to get my hands on whoever assigned colours and meanings to flowers. Still, if one accepts the arbitrary nature of these things then this piece of flash fiction is so beautifully poignant.

  4. Martha says:

    Love the idea of flowers as moods 🙂

  5. Very well done, describing it all through the flowers. And pink carnations? The flower of “I’m just not sure.” Popular, and perfect for the situation.

  6. Jen – thanks for the comments. You have one possible end. There are several common meanings and different countries have particular associations with certain flowers.

  7. brainhaze says:

    I love this. Great detail, meaning and emotions as well at the end. Great piece

  8. Debs Rickard says:

    What a clever, and yet simple idea! A very enjoyable, and well written read, thanks Pete.

  9. Thanks to everyone for their comments. As a followup, I have blogged about the writing of the story and asked the question Is it Fiction?

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