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  • We were on our way out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate my parents' anniversary - 31 years - and you laughed at me for getting dressed up. You said I looked weird in a dress and makeup, and I laughed awkwardly along with you.

    Dinner conversation was left to me and my parents, and you shot me an angry look when I left the table to visit the ladies' room. Later, you would mock the food and the prices, even though my parents treated.

    June in the city brings perfect weather for a nighttime stroll, and the four of us walked back to your apartment, where we were staying and my parents had parked.

    You lived next door to a flower shop.

    Mom pointed out some gorgeous stargazer lilies in the window, knowing they're my favorite. "How convenient for bringing your girl her favorite flowers!" she remarked to you cheekily, her two glasses of champagne at dinner making her more bubbly than usual. I giggled and held her hand as we approached your door.

    "Thankfully, she doesn't like cheesy stuff like that," you retorted. "She's not that kind of girl."

    "Yeah, I don't really like flowers that much. It's nice to see them in the window when I walk by - that's plenty," I said as I hugged Mom good night. When we parted, I noticed a subtle change in her face. It was in her eyes, and it was sadness.

    (image credit: Lily.jpg)
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