Once again, a group of writers from different geographical realms encompassing all of Earth gather together to create a wonderful story. The photograph above serves as the inspirational theme for the 6th Flash Fiction Chain hosted by Jithin of ProTraBlogger. Give his beautiful site a visit and feast your eyes on the inspirational photos or read about his adventures.
A comprehensive list of important characters in the story:
Anna Brighton- a 32 year old CEO that owns and runs a publishing company
Alex Burns – well established author, Anna’s ex, Toby Blackwell’s cousin
Melissa Doyle – the bride, Anna’s dear friend
Toby Blackwell – co-owns the Blackwell estate, Alexis’ cousin
Jenny- Anna’s secretary
Adam – Owner of Adam and Eve’s
Harrison – Melissa’s fiance.
I am entrusted to write Part 6 of the story… To understand the flow of the story, it is best to read the first five parts before reading this one.
PART 1 by Sona
PART 2 by Yinglan
PART 3 by Priceless Joy
PART 4 by Frenesthetist
PART 5 by Dr Ko
She fell asleep and dreamed of flowers, bells and……. love….
Once again Anna was back in the garden…The sweet , intoxicating scent of roses , wafted in the cool , night air . As Anna stood there watching the silver orb , now gradually hiding behind the grey clouds , she heard a rustle behind her . Anna turned around to look . She saw the shadow of a tall man , walking towards her from the other side of the garden.
Anna tried to make out the face of the man , whose very presence was beginning to unsettle the rhythm of her heart. Before she knew it , he had inched closer to her . There was a momentous silence between them and Anna could hear the fervent fluttering of her own heart. .
She stood transfixed in hypnotic fascination , as the man leaned closer . His intriguing scent consumed her senses . She could feel his warm breath on her face , sense his excitement at this proximity , and her own lips quivered in nervous excitement . There was something magnetic about his presence , something so stimulating that she didn’t wish to tear away from him . As she felt him cup her face , in his warm , hands , a tingling sensation enveloped her ..
In the very next moment , she felt his lips pressed against her own and a surge of euphoria engulfed her whole being… Her mind started racing… She tried to pull away yet she wanted to stay…
Then , all of sudden she heard a women’s voice calling out to her ….’Anna..Anna..’
Anna opened her eyes , unwillingly . Through the half parted eyelids , she could see a hazy form , shouting to her , ‘Anna…for God’s sake…It is my wedding today !’
Anna bolted upright on the bed . Rubbing her eyes , she tried to make sense of everything. For a brief second , she felt lost. But Mel’s anxious face soon brought her back to the present . The Hen party …the walk in the garden..Alex’s nocturnal tryst , and then the dream… Anna felt her face flush , at the very memory of it….
Mel’s voice was still booming . ‘Anna..what happened to you.Are you even listening ?’ . Anna turned to look at Mel . Her friend looked perturbed , a crease of worry running across her forehead. ‘Mel..what’s wrong ? I am sorry..I overslept… I..’ , She was about to continue , when Melissa interrupted her and remarked , somewhat pensively , ‘Anna..it is the ring ! I forgot to collect Harry’s wedding ring from the jeweler .’
As Anna stared at her aghast , and still a little dazed from her sleep , Mel continued in the same strain , ‘Oh Anna , I had planned to pick it up yesterday after our visit to Adam and Eve’s , but the fake police episode followed by our Hen party…drowned my plans…. I shouldn’t have…’
Anna jumped in to her rescue , ‘Don’t worry dear . There is still some time for the wedding . I will hurry up and collect the ring , while you finish dressing up . In case I am late , I shall meet you at the Church …Would that be fine by you ? ‘That would be perfect ! Thank you sweetheart ..you are such a life saver !’ , replied Mel , looking relieved and much happier , as she hugged Anna tightly and gave her a peck on the cheek . ‘Alright then , I will hurry up and get dressed ….’ , announced Anna , as she crept put of her bed and rushed towards the washroom .
Anna looked at herself in the mirror , pleased . Adam’s assistant was truly a magician ! The dress fit her perfectly now . She then , adorned her neck with a silver chain , a small diamond pendant hanging from it . ‘Well that completes it..!’ , and then Anna blushed at her own vanity.
She did not remember the last time , she had spent so much effort in getting dressed . But ‘Today is special…It is my best friend’s wedding !’ , Anna thought out aloud , though in the deepest corner of her heart she knew that wasn’t the actual reason . She felt unusually cheerful today…and Mel’s wedding had nothing to do with it….
Was the cupid’s spirit working its magic on her ? …She wasn’t so sure…
Just as she was about to jump into the driver’s seat of her of Red Mercedes , she heard a deep baritone behind her and turned.’You need a chauffeur perhaps ?….’ , inquired Toby , looking Suave in a Black Tuxedo . Anna stared at him , unabashedly , while Toby , interrogated , in his characteristic gentlemanly manner , ‘May I be of any service ?…you don’t know yet darling , but I am a good driver.’
He scrutinized Anna , with a twinkle in his eyes , and then , as if gathering courage from her expression , went on , ‘You shall be safe in my hands , princess !‘ Anna’s cheeks changed a color of crimson , as she stared at Toby , his robust figure , now accentuated by the creases on the tuxedo .
And as if that wasn’t enough , Tobias , smiled an electrifying smile , that revealed his dimples , making Anna weak in her knees . After a moment’s pause , she spoke, with a hint of flirtation , ‘Alright then , go on , please me….’ .
Soon , the Red Mercedes vroomed past Alex , who was standing on the porch of the huge mansion , peering in the direction of the car , his fists clenched in a suppressed feeling of anger and betrayal.
Will cupid do its job of uniting Anna with her lover ..? Was it the charismatic Toby or the attractive Alex..? Will Anna be able to reach the wedding venue , on time ? Will this one hour before Melissa’s wedding change Anna’s life for ever ?
The next part is written by Itchy Quill …so read on as it gets more and more interesting 😉