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Prompt Sixty-Five-Valentine's Escape
I found this baby at Writer's Digest and just had to use it since Valentine's Day is this Saturday. You are going on a blind date for V-Day. Your friend is on standby in case the date sucks and is planning to call at 9:30. If the date is going well you say, "I already took care of that." If it's going bad, you claim your friend is having an emergency. BUT when the friend calls at 9:30, there's a real emergency. What is it, and what happens next? There's a 500 word limit, but if you keep going, I won't get mad :)
"I'm actually having a great time," I told Mark. We hit it off. I had to admit that I was skeptical of Jess setting me up with a complete stranger, someone she barely knew herself. But you could call me a believer now. I smiled at him across the table and he took my hand.
My phone began vibrating in my pocket. Shit. I looked at the time stamp and saw that it was a little before 9:30. I knew it was Jess just checking up on me and giving me an out. "Hello?" I answered, sounding chipper. I smiled at Mark across the table, rolling my eyes because I knew I wasn't going to have to use my code phrase.
"Lindsay, there's a fire at the apartment. I was lighting candles for David and cooking dinner and one must have knocked over. We're all standing in the street. It's bad and it's all my fault. They can't find Lucky, anywhere. You have to come home. Now!" Jess was frantic on the other end of the line. Mark frowned at me, surely at my panicked expression.
"I have to go," I told him as I placed the napkin on the table and stood.
"Is this one of those escape plans? I thought we were getting along." He, too, stood and laid a hundred on the table.
"We were. I mean, we are. I really like you. But my house is on fire."
"You don't have to lie to me," he said, shaking his head. I grabbed his hand and looked up at him.
"I'm not lying. Jess set my house on fire and my dog is missing. Come on. You can come."
We tore out of the fancy restaurant, my three inch heels clicking against the pavement. Mark held onto my hand tight and I was glad that we did hit it off, otherwise I'd be alone and miserable as I made the three block walk back to my house. I smelled the fire when we were just around the corner and my heart sank. My top priority was getting Lucky, my baby dog who I truly loved with all of my heart.
When I saw the apartment building, I let out a sob that I didn't know I was holding in. The entire front of the building was licking with flames from our third floor window. All of my things... Just gone. Mark's arms wrapped around me as we slowly walked the rest of the way.
"Lindsay!" Jess ran to us and hugged me, her black mascara stained down her face, her feet bare. "I'm so sorry. I did this to us. I ruined everything because I wanted to have sex. God, I'm such an idiot. Will you forgive me?" I nodded because what else was I going to say? No? I couldn't kick her while she was down.
"Did they find Lucky?" I searched the small crowd that had formed outside the building. Most were our neighbors but some random people from other buildings had congregated to check out the scene. He wasn't a large dog, probably around fifty pounds on a good day.
"What's he look like? I'll go search around and ask if anyone saw him." Mark smiled down at me.
"He's average sized. Black with a white chest and white feet. He's got brown eyes." I choked on a sob. He put his hand on his shoulder and made me look at him.
"I'll find him." Mark nodded and then ran off into the suddenly larger crowd. The fire engine was still wailing and they now had a guy on the cherry picker with the large hose running water. He strapped into something and then fired the hose, drowning our quaint home with rustic accents I scoured the state for. Everything was just...gone.
I turned when I heard was sounded like a bark, but I couldn't be sure. At this point, hallucinating was a real possibility. Suddenly, Mark emerged from the crowd with Lucky by his side, just trekking around without his leash or collar. I cried, only this time it was out of relief.
I ran towards Lucky and dropped to my knees. He bathed me with his tongue, licking down my face and up my ears. I actually laughed as he laid down, flipped onto his back and waited for me to rub his belly. I did, because I was a sucker for this dog. I looked up to find Mark staring down at me, a tear in his eye.
"Where was he?" I asked as I continued to rub Lucky's white belly.
"The fire marshal found him in the back hallway, didn't have tags, so he just took him to the cruiser. He was asleep in the back seat. He probably didn't even know what was going on."
"Thank you," I told him, nodding honestly.
"You think that's enough to get me a second date?"
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