Class Reunion

4DCB1E25-0562-4E30-A118-9FFD797DE69F“Hello,” the woman at the reception table said. “Welcome to the Class of 1999 twenty-year reunion. May I have your name, please?”

“Elizabeth, don’t you recognize me?” Aaron asked. “We were classmates. And surely you remember that night when we….”

Elizabeth cut off the man standing in front of her and then looked carefully him. “Oh my God. Is that you, Aaron? Look at you. You were such a nerd back in our ivy-covered campus days. Now you’re a hot.”

“Thanks, I guess,” Aaron said, a smile on his face. “You’re looking pretty good, yourself, Elizabeth.”

“So what have you been up to for the past two decades, Aaron?”

“I’m a stock broker, never married, and I dabble in a few other areas of personal interest,” Aaron said. “What about you?”

“I’m divorced, have two beautiful kids, and work as an oxygen therapist,” Elizabeth said.

“Well, I don’t know what that is, but it sounds important,” Aaron said. “I imagine it must be rewarding for you to nurture your children.”

“You clearly don’t have any children,” Elizabeth said, with a little laugh. “I’m convinced that having your own kids is like paying penance for the hell we put our own parents through when we were kids.”

“I hear ya’,” Aaron said as he reached down to sign the reunion registry. “I think this pen is out of ink. Do you have another?”

“I’m sure we have a plenty of pens here,” Elizabeth said, “And I’m sure we’re in for a plenitude of new memories at this twenty-year reunion.” She winked at Aaron.

“I’m up for making some great new memories with you tonight, Elizabeth,” Aaron said. “And are you sure you don’t remember that night….”

“Oh yes,” Elizabeth interrupted. “I remember it quite well.”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt where the topic is “reunion.” Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge where the three things are “ink,” “oxygen,” and “ivy.” And finally, for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (night), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (dabble), Ragtag Daily Prompt (nurture), Word of the Day Challenge (penance), and Your Daily Word Prompt (plenitude).

In Other Words — Marigolds

08C61C6D-BEA8-4DA7-B0C3-6C1E5A2436C1Mares eat oats and
Dōes eat oats and
Little lambs eat ivy

So why the hell am I cursed with a dog
Who eats only marigolds?

Written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “marigolds.” Photo credit: Lisa Yount on skitterphoto.