Shannon Stacey

Happy Valentine's Day!

I thought for today I might give y’all a brief little peek into the Valentine’s Day celebrations of Travis and Gena, and Ethan and Jill.

(Because I write HEA romances, I don’t really think these constitute spoilers, but I’ll put them after the jump just in case.)

Forever Again

It doesn’t get any better than this. Travis sat in the private, family living room of Riverside Inn and watched as the two women in his life opened their Valentine’s Day gifts. He’d even wrapped them himself, which was no doubt why Mia was having so much trouble getting through the ribbons.

He leaned close to his wife to whisper in her ear, “Hey, Gena…you might want to shield her view of that gift with the lid.”

She blushed even before she peeked into the box. After a questioning glance, she pulled out a turquoise Aeropostale hoodie. “Why? Afraid she’ll be jealous?”

Travis looked at the sweatshirt, shaking his head. That wasn’t right. The sweatshirt was for…

“Mia!” He jumped off the sofa and flew across the room, ripping the box out of his daughter’s hands just as she started lifting the lid. Gena was laughing already, and it only took a second for Mia to realize what was going on and join in.

“I must have mixed up the tags,” he mumbled, scowling down at the box with the scrap of red lace and a pair of silly red fur handcuffs in it.

He’d wanted this first Valentine’s Day to be perfect. He’d had a massive bouquet of roses delivered to Mia in English class. The furniture store had delivered a new curio cabinet to display Gena’s antique creamers. And then he’d botched these. “I’ll go rewrap the boxes and we can start over.”

“Dad, it took me twenty minutes to get through the ribbons the first time. We’ll just switch boxes.”

Mia squealed and Gena giggled, and when they threw themselves into his arms for thank you kisses, Travis knew he hadn’t botched a damn thing. And when he opened his gift to find a professional portrait of his wife and daughter laughing into the camera, he knew he was right the first time. It just didn’t get any better than this.


Twice Upon A Roadtrip

Jill peered at the menu, looking for something—anything—written in English. It didn’t help that upscale restaurant thought a Valentine’s Day ambience meant candlelight. Only candlelight. “What are you having?”

Ethan smiled at her, or at least that’s what she assumed the curved gleam of white across the table was. “They don’t have macaroni & cheese, sunshine. You’re going to have to pick a grown-up food.”

She stuck her tongue out at him and leaned the menu closer to the flickering candle. She thought that word might mean chicken. Even French chicken was just chicken, right?


When she jerked her head up, and the burning corner of the menu brushed the fancy dried flower arrangement, which promptly poofed into flames. “Oh! Oh…crap!”

She jumped up and grabbed a tall flute of champagne from the tray a waiter was carrying past. As Ethan pushed his own chair back, she tossed the bubbly onto the smoking baby’s breath.

“No!” A guy from another table yelled at her and pushed past her, diving for the drenched, blackened floral arrangement. Singed rose petals flew as he pawed through the mess. “There was a diamond ring in that glass!”

The man’s jacket sleeve was awfully close to the still burning menu, so Jill whisked the sheet away just as a hundred and twenty or so pounds of redhead tackled the man, squealing loud enough to break glass. “Ohmigod, you’re going to propose?”

The romantic moment held her attention until the flame licked at Jill’s fingers, and she flung the menu onto a nearby dessert cart. A flambé ignited into life.

Ethan run his fingers through his hair and reached for his credit card. “I swear, sunshine, I can’t take you anywhere.”

“I told you we should have stayed home and played Pirates of the Caribbean.”

He sighed as the maitre’d approached them. “Well, at least we won’t have to wonder why the rum’s gone.”

7 comments to “Happy Valentine's Day!”

  1. Charlene
      · February 14th, 2006 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I love it! We were thinking in the same direction today, I see.

  2. Emma S
      · February 14th, 2006 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Too cute. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Mel
      · February 14th, 2006 at 3:41 pm · Link

    time 100….

    first one nearly made me cry, second one had me snorting pepsi through my nose.

    What fun, what total fun!

    *mutters about Rum being gone….*

  4. AngieW
      · February 14th, 2006 at 5:58 pm · Link

    What Mel said, I got a little teary reading the about Gena and Travis but of course, Jill and Ethan had me :lmao: till I nearly wet myself. Fabulous Shan!

  5. Shannon
      · February 14th, 2006 at 10:56 pm · Link


    I guess I should have put a note up there saying these are unedited, but it’s clearly SO obvious I needn’t bother.


  6. Anna Lucia
      · February 15th, 2006 at 7:58 am · Link

    Oh Shan, that’s just fab! Isn’t it great when characters stick around so you still know them after their book’s done?

    You rule!

  7. Shelley
      · February 15th, 2006 at 3:19 pm · Link

    :woot: Thanks you made me smile

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