after we met. | a/accident. #atozchallenge

[For this year’s challenge, I’m writing what comes after “when we met” which was my theme last year. For all 26 letters, I’ll start with a link to last year’s post where you can meet the couple.]

2022 | when we met. a/accident.

after we met. a/accident.

Two years later…

“Hey, Ash?”

I lifted my head from Spencer’s chest and looked up at his gorgeous face. “Hmm?”

“Remember that dinner when your sister got engaged?”

“Oh god. That was horrible!” I sighed. “The violinist… the flowers… the entire restaurant full of people watching. Horrible.” I shuddered at the thought. My sister loved it, but a huge scene like that was definitely not for me. I wanted to crawl under the table. I bet Spencer would have liked that.

Spencer laughed at my reaction to that night. “I know you hated that.” He kissed my forehead before looking back at me. “So… I got you something.” He took an arm from around me and reached into the drawer in the table by our bed. When he turned back to me and I saw what he was holding, I smiled at him.

“Aww…” I took the little toy car from him. “It looks just like the one you were driving when you hit my car the day we met.”

He gave me a look that said… you’re never going to let that go, are you? And he was right. I wasn’t going to let it go. I loved that exasperated look he gave me. Teasing him was so much fun.

“Why did you get me a tiny toy car?” It was sweet and I loved it. But I was curious.

“I thought it was cute.”

“But you always say…” I paused and changed my tone to imitate his deep voice, “I’m not cute. I’m sexy.”

He laughed at me. My impression of him was terrible. I think that’s what made him enjoy it every time I did it. And I did it kind of a lot.

“I didn’t say I was cute,” he said. “I said the car was cute.”

“Oh. I’m so sorry.” I smiled. “Well. It is cute.”

Spencer ran his fingers along my cheek. “Ashley. That’s not the only reason I’m giving it to you. It’s what’s inside the car.”

“You were inside the car. And I already have you.”

“You do,” he said. “But I meant what’s inside that car.” He pointed to the toy car in my hand.

I gave him a suspicious look before looking down at the car in my hand. I shook it gently and heard something. I pulled open one of the tiny doors and tipped the car so its contents would fall into my hand.

“Spencer.” My voice was barely audible. I dropped the car and covered my mouth with my hand while staring at the ring I held in the other.

“Ashley…” I lifted my eyes to his. “Marry me.”

“Spencer,” I shook my head with a smile and a few tears. “Of course you wouldn’t say that in the form of a question.”

He smiled. “You know me…”

“Shh,” I said softly, placing my finger on his lips. “Yes, Spencer. I will marry you.”

I thought about using the same picture for each letter this year that I used last year, but that seemed redundant. I think I’ll just leave a hot guy here. And I’ll change the picture whenever the spirit moves me.
Hot guy: Rafael Lazzini (damn… look at those arms.)

p.s. — Day one and I’m already late. This is not a good sign!
p.p.s. — I literally wrote my entire first draft of this story on post-it notes. 

©2023 what sandra thinks


About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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13 Responses to after we met. | a/accident. #atozchallenge

  1. Shilpa Gupte says:

    I came across your blog URL in the A to Z google sheet and clicked to see your A to Z offering. And I must say, I loved it! 🙂
    I enjoyed reading all about what happened after they met…and now I am looking forward to more 🙂 Very sweet and romantic!
    I am posting 500-word flash fiction pieces this year. Do drop by when time permits. Here’s my link:

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  2. mydangblog says:

    That was so lovely 😊

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  3. scr4pl80 says:

    Great start! Loved the story and thanks for the link to last year. Made it much easier. Better late than never!

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  4. Awww, i love the idea of this proposal! So unique ❤️

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  5. Stu says:

    I like the gift of the toy car to carry a bigger gift. Nice.

    Tale Spinning

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  6. jrvincente says:

    Love it! I know you didn’t finish the month, but since it’s May 15th and I’m JUST getting around to reading posts, well… no judgement from me, that’s for sure! Great story! 🙂

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    • As you can see, I disappeared again! I’m not sure if I will ever finish the rest of the letters. Not because I don’t want to, but because I’m in a strange place (not literally) and I’m not sure I can find the headspace to write. Thank you for being so supportive. 🙂

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