A Rose in a Coke Bottle

Elizabeth had casually mentioned on the phone that she was coming to visit because she could use some fresh air and company. She’d gotten sick while working her summer live-in nanny job in a coastal town, and wasn’t completely recovered. She hadn’t intended to go into details, but since her favorite aunt was asking…

“I’m here because Mom couldn’t stand me moping around the house any longer when I came home from the hospital.

“Moping about what?”

“I broke up with Pete three weeks ago.”

Dot’s eyes widened.”Oh, Elizabeth, I’m so sorry. You told me how much you liked him.”

Elizabeth sniffled, and wiped her eyes with the back of her hand. The wound of the breakup was fresh, but she did her best to hold it together so she could share her story.

“You know most of it. A pre-law student at Brown U., absolutely dreamy with his blond hair and blue eyes…He brought me a long-stemmed red rose in a Coke bottle every day like clockwork. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world.”

Elizabeth wasn’t the luckiest girl in the world. Pete had another girlfriend, Lacey, on the side, at Brown U. Elizabeth suspected something was up when Pete was antsy and barely looked at her lying in the hospital bed. Elizabeth confronted him about his abrupt standoffish behavior. He confessed, and she gave him an ultimatum, Lacey or her. He needed time to think about it, and could they talk about it later. Elizabeth’s heart sank. If he really did love her, he would have picked her in an instant. She told him they were through.

The long-stemmed red rose was a symbol of a lost love that broke Elizabeth’s heart. She was given a long-stemmed red rose a year later by another dreamy guy. Would she trust the love that came with it?


About C.E.Robinson

Christine Elizabeth Robinson, a former nurse practitioner ventures into the world of fiction to write books. Published in May 2022, THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, a historical fiction, comes from her love of researching family history. A background as a published poet, experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and screenplays, is an advantage in her writing career. Christine lives in Southern California. A sequel to the debut book, BEYOND THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, in progress, will be available in 2023. The plot explodes and the characters evolve, moving forward. Even their victories create conflict and consequences. http://cerobinsonauthor.com
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6 Responses to A Rose in a Coke Bottle

  1. GP says:

    Ah, do you jump in? do you put a toe in to test the waters? or do you just say no?

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks, GP. 🤣 Here’s a clue. The guy, a year later, had no idea a long-stemmed red rose had another meaning, except his rose for her meant he would love her forever. You pretty much know now what she did. But, the talk Elizabeth & Erik had after she got the rose, set the scene up for…what happened next. 📚🎶

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  2. A great teaser, Christine. I’m so looking forward to this read.

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  3. Hi Christine, this is a lovely extract.

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