Thank you to Anne Higa for the picture of the Bell Tower in Pisa and to Rochelle for posting it to challenge us with this prompt to produce a 100-word piece of flash fiction for Friday Fictioneers.
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Architects in Love
When visiting Pisa, I fell in love with Angelina. We held hands and debated the construction mistakes made in building the famous bell tower.
I loved the way she flicked the Fettunta crumbs from her chin. I watched over my Chianti how she puckered her lips around the Picipasta. She leaned against my shoulder and promised to meet every summer in Pisa.
Each August, I sat alone by the tower. I knew why.
This year she came. She smiled and trembled as I kissed her temple. Laughing in her wheelchair, I pushed her around the tower.
Julie called and told me to meet in the Biosphere by the amaryllis flowers.
Don’t be late, her excitement was infectious. I suspected, she had great news from the fertility clinic.
I booked a table at Antonio’s for later.
Emergency vehicles blocked 5th Avenue and because of the long detour I was late.
Where was she?
The flowers were beautiful – I wondered if they would miss one for Julie’s hair.
I could say it had fallen onto the floor.
It’s not like Julie to be late, I checked my iPhone.
I read the news; three dead on 5th Avenue.