Use a tombstone, a first kiss, and a butterfly collection
Today my mom got me tickets to the local butterfly collection, in downtown, Pottsville, VA. It’s about two hours from my house but it is worth it. “Thank you so much, mom,” I say over the phone.
“You are so welcome. Now you need to meet Jason, at the info desk, for you walk through.” Says my dad. “He is going to go everywhere with you for the next two days. Okay?”
“Yes, dad.” I knew there was a reason why they got me these, it’s a blind date. “Wait, dad, Is this a blind date?” I ask even though I know the answer already.
“Sweetie why would we do that?” my mother asks which tells me it is.
“Why can’t you just tell me the truth?” I snap hanging up the phone. I walk inside to the info desk, just to say that I was there.
“Are you Rose?” a cute man asks me. I nod my head. “Oh thank god, I just got here I thought I missed you.” He says laughing, I laugh along to make the best of this uncomfortable situation. “You’re very pretty, you know that right?” I shake my head and point to my glasses. “Just because you have them doesn’t make you any less beautiful.”
“Okay, I’m not trying to be mean or anything, but did my parents put you up to this?” I say. He shakes his head. I wish people would tell me the truth. My parents have a lot of money, and this isn’t the first time they paid someone to go out with me. “Please tell me if they did because I will still do this just so you can get to know me. But they have done something like this before. So it won’t hurt my feelings.”
“They offered to pay me, but I said no because I wouldn’t want to do that to my child, I would want them to find someone without my money’s help.” He snaps.
“Oh, oh, I am so sorry I didn’t mean to be rude, I’ll just go now.” I go to walk away but he grabs my hand and pulls me back to my spot.
“I didn’t mean for that to come out the way it did, I just know how it feels when money is used to find happiness.” He says looking away. “I was in love at one point but my parents were paying her to stay with me, but when they died she left me the day after.” I get up on my tip toes and hug him He wraps his arms around my waist and I squeal. After a few minutes, we pull away.
“I am so sorry I don’t know what got ahold of me,” I say blushing.
“It is fine. Thank you for doing that. Now I have to take you out to eat to try and pay you back for doing that for me.” He rambles on. I just put a finger up to his lips.
“If you were trying to ask me out I would love to go get something out to eat.” Then I remember where we are. “After this please?” I ask nicely. He nods, “You like beautifies to?” I ask looking around trying to hide my nerves.
“No, but I would love to learn more about them. So lead the way.” He says bowing like I am a queen or something.
“Okay,” I grab his hand and pull him toward the first stand. That is how the rest of the day went until about five or six pm when he was finally saying that he was hungry. So we went to Bods crab shack and got something to eat. When my mom called I sent it to voicemail because I didn’t want to talk to her.
“Who was that?” he asks looking up from the menu,
“My mother,” I say looking up at him. “She’s most likely calling to find out if we hit it off,” I say shrugging.
“You should talk to her more because one day you won’t have them.” Right after he says that my mom calls again. “Answer it I don’t mind,” I answer it.
“What’s up mom?” I ask
“Your dad…” she sobs.
“What about daddy?” I ask probably looking scared because Jason gets up and comes over to my side to hold me.
“He’s in the hospital,” she says
“Which one?” I ask not letting her finish.
“Phil’s hospital,” she says sobbing.
“I’m on my way,” I say hanging up the phone. I turn to face Jason. “I need a ride,” I say he nods placing a tip on the table and walking me to the door.
Where do you need to go?” he says walking me to my car.
“Phil’s hospital,” I say and he starts driving.
“I kind of figured that from what you have been saying.” He says rubbing my hand. “It’ll be alright.” He says taking his hand away to drive.
“I am so sorry I would understand if you just dropped me off and never came back.” He shakes his head.
“No, I won’t do that for one.” He says smiling. “Also I want to go back there to the beautify thing just to see that beautiful smile.” He says trying to chare me up. “Come on I want to see that smile.” He says as we pull into a parking spot. “Alright,” he says getting out and coming over to my side. He pulls me out and pulls me into a hug and I start crying even more. “Come let’s go.” He pulls me inside the old hospital. “Here to see Kevin Link.” The nurse says he is in room 12. As we are walking into room 12 I see my father on the bed fighting for his life.
“Daddy,” I say running over to him. “Please don’t leave me, I still need you,” I say hoping to get something back. “I love you.” I say with tears in my eyes, “I know I haven’t been the greatest child lately and I haven’t said that I love you but I do.” And he flatlines. “No” I yell sobbing. Jason comes over to me and pulls me into his arms. “I am so sorry this isn’t how you wanted this to turn out. It’s all my fault. I wish I said I love you more.” I sob.
One Week and three dates Later.
“Wow, I can’t believe my dad is really gone,” I say as we drive to Ohio to bury him. “Mom are you okay?” I asked looking in the back seat and seeing she is zoned out I turn back around. “I hope she will be okay.”
“Sweetie, she will be,” Jason says.