Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Flower Girl..

The lilies.. They have always been my favourite flowers. When I was a child, my mother made tiaras out of them for me. I would wear them on my head, pretending to be a princess. But then, she left. I never saw her again. Nor did I ever wear a tiara ever again.


The bell rang and he entered the shop. For once, I could not take my eyes off him. But when I realized how unkempt I looked, I took to my heels and hid behind the flowers that lay on the table.

“Well, how may I help

you Sir?” I asked.

“Err…Can I just look around?”

People came to florists to buy flowers. There was nothing to look at.

“I mean, if you don’t mind. I’m a photographer actually. And, I want to click pictures of you. Sorry. Of your flowers I mean.” He looked and me and grinned. I would think that he was a stalker, but then I wouldn’t mind having some company around. “Sure.” I said, and turned away from him, before he could ask me any more questions.

“Just, just don’t touch any of the flowers.” I quickly added and got back to my work.


Is it possible that just one person can get your heart racing at the very first moment? Yes, it is. But then, for someone like me who has always remained hidden amidst flowers, always been scared of letting a man enter h

er life, for someone like me, the feeling is new.

I tried avoiding him. I arranged the flowers, rearranged them when it wasn’t required, watered them again and again, and entertained my customers for longer than what I usually do. But no, that stranger who was going about clicking pictures of my flowers was all I was thinking about. He beguiled me.. I wanted him and I wanted him out at the same time.


“Do you mind if I come back again tomorrow? I can help you around if want too.” He asks before leaving. “Yes, I wouldn’t mind.” I instantly wish I could have taken my words back. But no, I had already spoken before I could stop myself. And he came back the next day, looking

even better than the last time, carrying with him a basket of strawberries for me.

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When my mum was around, she would tie ribbons all around my hair, and they would slip down my hair like silk. After she left, I spent my time doing the chores of the house. My hair I left, untamed..


I spent hours, trying to set my hair right, but nothing seemed to work. The harder I tried, the messier it looked. In the end, I just pin it up and wear my daily clothes and leave for work.

As I near the shop, he waves at me.

“Hey! Good morning.” He says. His smile makes my heart flutter.

“I’m so sorry for keeping you waiting.” I quickly open the shop, and let him in.

“This place is beautiful, you know. The smell, it’s so refreshing.” I wish he would stop doing that, flashing me his smiles. “Oh, and here, I got strawberries for you.” He places the basket on the table and sits down infront of me. “Thank you. It was very nice of you.” And then, we indulge ourselves eating the strawberries, talking about flowers and about photography. “Would you like to come out with me sometime?” He asks. Before I can answer, a customer interrupts our conversation, and the matter is buried.

He spends the day helping me decorate bouquets, clicking pictures and keeping me company.

“Don’t you have anything else to do apart from coming here?” I call out to him, as he walked out of the shop.

“A lot. But, a flower girl’s smell brings me back here everyday!” Saying so, he takes off, and I stand there, watching him, smiling.

I don’t remember the last time when I had felt so good.

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To be continued :)

To read the male version of the story, check out Rahul's post here :) 'Flower Girl- Male'

Thanks a ton for writing it Rahul :)


Picture Courtesy: Rahul's findings in Google :D

52 comments:

  1. That was really good. I want to know what happens next.

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  2. hi thanx for ur nice post ....respected philo i invite u on my blog for a new post

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  3. very nice, well-written :)

    (i wish you could remove the captcha :( )

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    1. very cool...i will have to go check his out as well...so cool that you play off each other like this...used to do this with several bloggers a year or so ago

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    2. @ Vale: Thank you.

      @ Brain: Yes, it is fun to do collaborations :)

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  5. This was very very beautiful! Beautifully written... so simple, but so refreshing... Beautiful! :)

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  6. wooooooo..can't wait for the next one Philo..I just love how you put those words together and reading it always makes me smile..and giggle heheeeeee..passing by ;)

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    1. And your comments always leave me with a smile :) I'll post the next part soon :)

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  7. Can't wait to read more! I am off to check rahul's version!!

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    1. I'm glad he took up to writing the male version :)

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  8. oh oh...:( Can you please post the continuation ASAP? I love it! :) *blink blink* :) Thanks for sharing wonderful post! Muaaaaaaahhhh!!! :)

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    1. Glad you like it :) Next time I come here, I'll put it up :D

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  9. A very sweet story... Juhi. Await the next!! The link to Purba's post is as follows
    http://www.purba-ray.com/2012/02/when-my-heart-went-vroom-vroom.html
    Hope you enjoy reading this very versatile and great writer:)

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  10. Sweet one. Waiting for your next post. Happy to follow your blog .

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    1. Thank you for dropping by :) Hope to see you again!

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  11. you had to make it a to be continued didn't you?
    now i am going to have to find a flower girl and make a story!

    and damn. you know strawberries and cornflakes in the morning is an ecstatic breakfast?

    keep posting

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    1. "A" flower girl?? :P A guy like you will go about finding many girls :P
      Strawberries and cream :D

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  12. Philo,

    Waiting. Navigated to Rahul's space and left my comment there.

    Take care

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  13. Both the versions are nice. Way to go, Philo & Rahul! ;)

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  14. hey,
    came here via rahul's blog. urs is an equally beautifully crafted piece!
    following u for d continuation of this one. glad to have stumbled upon ur blog :)


    sarah

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you found my work worth reading :)

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  15. Beautiful writing again, dear PhilO and I love the parts in 'italic'! Looking forward to the continuation and I must check out Rahul's version :-) Your writing just sweeps me away to another world :-)

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    1. Well your writing takes me off the world :P
      Thanks a ton :)

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  16. What I love about you, is that your stories are never too long. They are short and they are beautifully written.
    Loved this one too!

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    1. A comment like this coming from an amazing writer like you :) Thank you so much Red. You're one inspiration for me, though I suck at humour :P

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  17. waiting for the next part... beautiful lilies :)

    Weakest LINK

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  18. Hey lovely post.. I even read the male version of "The flower girl" and I must say dat u both have really done a good job.. Keep writing:)

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  19. Now that is what I call refreshing - it's a change from your usual angsty stuff (this comes from Her Royal Highness who remarked that you mostly write about heartbreaks.Yeah, she read your blog.^^)

    Waiting for the next part. The picture was beautiful and so was the story. :)

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    1. Oh she did read it? :) I never knew that :)
      Thank you!

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  20. Can't wait for the next part.

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  21. The flower girl, was one of the interesting story i have read over the Internet. I am a great fan of love stories and yours was simply amazing and mesmerizing. Great work!

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  22. oye, so i was just wondering as to what you retorted to my earlier comment. how did you know? :P

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  23. am waiting for the continuation

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  24. You have a wonderful flow which keeps the reader so engrossed. And those little moments you sprinkle around in the story: they are fascinating. :)

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  25. very beautiful piece again.. :)
    by the way, messy hair sumtimes looks much sexier :)

    yeah..i wanna hear d next part.. :)

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  26. nice and lovely but I want to read next part also:)

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  27. Hi Philo,

    Thanks for your recent visit to my blog and for your comments!
    This is a lovely story! And I can't wait to read what happened after that?
    Cheers,
    Vaish

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  28. part 2, part 2, part 2!
    very nice though. :)

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  29. Awfully waiting for the next part!!

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Your words mean a lot :)