Thursday, January 07, 2010

Entry #30

April in Paris
by Pennycandy Jansen


"April in Paris..", the song kept running through my head, as I dressed. It was our wedding day. Opening the door to the garden, I was assailed by the heavenly scent of roses and freesias that lined the walkway. I felt I was light as a feather, as I floated slowly down the short aisle, my eyes fixed on my beloved Sam, standing at the far end beaming and grinning from ear to ear.

Looking around the garden I now I understand what he had been doing those past few weeks. Leaving our apartment he would said, "Honey I have business to attend to and let’s meet at the CafĂ© de Flore 2 p.m."

That was his routine for two weeks. He would leave and I would lounge in bed reading a book; eventually rising to bathe in the clawed foot tub filled with mounds of bubbles. Dressing only when my fingers were all wrinkly and my skin pink.

Then we were off to the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay, enjoying the paintings and sculptures. The sculptures will always remind me of Sam, chiseled, smooth and cool to the touch.

Just a few days ago we were walking in the city, and Sam said, "Let's stop in here." I had no idea what the building was until I deciphered the French word "Matrimonial."

Sam smiled, looking into my eyes. “Marry me in Paris, the City of Love?”

What girl could resist that kind of request?

29 comments:

Lena said...

Sweet and romantic. Really what girl would resist this kind of request?? :)

Aniket said...

Yay... an all sweet post at last!
Why am I not surprised that Lena likes this? :D

This reminded me so much of my first entry to the CoN contests an year back. :)

Bernita said...

+Charming.

Leatherdykeuk said...

aww :)

Chris Eldin said...

Delightfully romantic!!!
:p)

Sarah Laurenson said...

How sweet!

pjd said...

I was in Paris last April with my wife, and we went to the Louvre (we did the Orsay our previous trip, 13 years ago). We were with our two sons, one of whom is Sam. (But I wouldn't call him chiseled so much as smiley since he's only 10.)

A charming vignette, very sweet with the bubble bath and grinning groom. Lovely.

Craig said...

Romatic, sweet and generally well written. The reptition of 'I' multiple times in a sentance does spoil the effect at times but that really is a minor gripe in what was otherwise a great story.

Kartik said...

Very sweet ... Hopefully I'll visit Paris with a certain someone someday :)

JaneyV said...

Unashamedly romantic. Makes me very happy.

Meghan said...

*sigh* I love a good romantic tale. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

Four Dinners said...

Nobody died!!!!

Not only a 'sweet' tale but an exceedingly well written and feelgood tale.

Thank you for that.

A refreshing change!!!!!

You deserve to win if only 'cause I bet you'll find you're the only one who didn't kill someone!!!

Terri said...

You have all the good stuff in here :-) Paris, bubbles, freesias, love... irresistible indeed!

Tara said...

I kept waiting for the twist...it never came. Yea! Very sweet. Sigh...

Amias said...

The story is nice and sweet. having never been in Paris I can't image it, but you painted a nice image of what it's like.

Aimee Laine said...

Awe! Romance in the most romantic city!!

laughingwolf said...

well done, pj...

Anne Connors said...

Paris has an ambience all its own and you described it beautifully. Well done.

Patsy said...

As sweet as the scent of all those flowers!

kashers said...

Very sweet.

austere said...

What a change.Pleasant, no angst.

Thank you for this one.

Laurel said...

I can smell this! So sweet and the flowers and fragrance are positively sensual.

Lovely.

catvibe said...

Sweet and romantic. Lovely.

Sharon Poppen said...

Good use of visuals that put the reader in the scene. Reads like a fairy tale. The reader is happy for her and him. Well done!

truevoid said...

love is in the air. romantic!

Jean Ann Williams said...

Written well and this is sweet. Refreshingly so.

Jean Ann

james r tomlinson said...

There's definitely feathers, but where's the bird. Sweet, romantic story.

Deb Smythe said...

Every girl's dream, indeed. Sweetly done.

Aerin said...

Dear Entrants #1-105,

I have read your pieces so that I can fairly participate in the Readers' Choice vote. (I read all of them through last week, before I started commenting.) I will be coming back around to offer my keep/tweak comment, but I didn't want anyone to snark.

Cheers,
Aerin (#236)

BTW, it's perfectly fine if you still want to snark, but this way you can choose a more appropriate subject, like the new Starbucks paninis or the people over 35 who are exclusively on MySpace