Fic: Petals (Lorne/Parrish, PG)
Recipient: squidgiepdx and elderwitty
Disclaimer: not mine
Author's Notes: Just a little AU mushiness (with a nod to the coffee shop AU's). I hope you like! Unbeta'd so be kind. ;)
Summary: A little flower power
The silver bell rang out lightly as the customer entered, David looked up and his heart leapt. It was his new favorite customer. The man came through the door, favoring David with a smile as he let it close gently behind him. "Welcome back to Parrish Flowers." David managed to say.
"Morning," the other man returned in greeting his hands going into the pockets of his dark jacket.
David smiled. "You're becoming a regular it seems."
The man nodded, one hand slipping from the jacket pocket to run through his closely cropped hair. "Can I get a custom order?" he asked.
"Of course, "David replied. He stepped away from the arrangement he was working on and over to the display cooler. He quickly grabbed a few handfuls of the flowers he needed, weaving the flowers into a tight, colorful display in his hand. He wrapped the stems in a yellow ribbon and laid them on table. He glanced up to catch the other man watching him intently."
"These are the ones you like, right?" he asked confused by the man's stare.
"Oh, yes." The other man nodded. "You're just quick; I didn't realize you knew which ones I would need without asking."
David blushed slightly but brushed it off and managed a quick wink. "Just a skill I have," he said to cover himself. He didn't want to admit that he had practically memorized everything he could about the other man in the last two months he had been visiting his little shop. He just wished he had the courage to ask him his name. David pulled out the light yellow paper from its roll and measured out the right amount with a quick cut, he had the flowers bundled up with a practiced hand in a matter of seconds. "I'm sure your girlfriend appreciates them," He added.
The other man smiled again. "No girlfriend," he replied mildly. "They're for another woman in my life. "
"I see," David replied trying to hide his disappointment. The other man wasn't wearing a ring but that didn't mean much these days. "Will this be cash again today?" he asked his eyebrows rising at the question trying to cover his emotions.
The other man shook his head. "Sorry to say, I'll have to use my card today. I forgot to get the cash." He added with a nod to David's hand written sign that read 'Cash is best! Thank you for your business!'
"It's ok," David assured. "I do prefer cash as those credit transactions fees can be murder for a small town business. The price for living in Colorado Springs, I guess."
The other man nodded; taking out his wallet he pulled out a card and handed it to David. "I can understand that, I lived around here for most of my life, but I live in Chicago now."
David's finger tapped on the card a moment, and then eagerly glanced down on it to see the man's name. 'Evan Lorne' was etched into the card's surface just under the words 'Warrior Armored Services'. "This seems to be a corporate card of some kind," David advised indicating the wording on the card. "Are you Evan?" He added.
"Oh, yes. That's me but the wrong card." The other man grinned, and he quickly pulled out another card and handed it to David. David traded off the cards with him his fingers lightly touching the other man's. He could feel the heat rise along his neck again and he had to be blushing. If Evan had noticed he gave no indication but added. "That's my company, I own a security service."
"I see," David replied moving to run the card through. "What brings you to our small town?"
Evan paused a moment. "I've been visiting my mother, she was in the hospital." His fingers motioned to indicate the flowers. "I travel quite a bit for my business though so I'm glad to be here to take care of her when she needs me."
"Oh, I'm sorry." David replied, pausing at the card reader. He felt a tinge of guilt. He had been pinning over this man for nearly two months and had thought the flowers were for a lover and he had been jealous.
"She's recovering, thankfully," Evan assured misunderstanding the man's expression. "I just don't get to see her much when I'm in Chicago so I'm making up for it. In fact, why don't you add a dozen roses as well? It'll make the credit card charge worth it." He said.
David shook his head. "You don't need to do that, really."
"I insist," Evan said pointing to one of the rose bundles in the cooler.
David smiled and retrieved them adding them to the total and finished up the transaction. "I'm sorry again about your mother. " He added handing the card back to Evan.
"Thank you, David." Evan replied his eyes pointedly indicating David's name tag as he slid his card back into its place in his wallet, in turn absently slipping the wallet into his back pocket. "The flowers are beautiful, my mother loves them."
"It's what I do," David said. "See you in a week?" he asked hopeful.
"Maybe even sooner," the other man replied with a wink picking up the flowers and disappeared out the door the bell ringing in his wake.
David locked up the shop; he hummed a tune he didn't know the words too as he pulled down the gate with a grunt. He trampled across the snow covered lot to his SUV, pulling his coat tighter. It had snowed several inches throughout the day and he dreaded having to clear his vehicle off so he could head home.
When his vehicle came into view he halted, pausing mid step as he noticed his car had been completely cleared of the snow. In place of the cold, white substance were small red dots. David frowned, unsure what to make of the scene. Had someone poured paint on his car? He had his keys tight in hand and approached the vehicle. His breath caught in his throat as the parking lot light hanging over his SUV brought the small red dots into focus. Petals. They were rose petals. David's swallowed, and looked around into the darkness. "Hello?" he said his voice shaking.
"Too much?" a voiced asked. "Or not enough? I'm just hoping it's not creepy."
David turned toward a dark corner as Evan came into view, with a sly grin. His arms hiding behind his back. David's breath released and he found himself smiling. "I feel so stupid. "
Evan's dark eyebrows waggled in amusement. "Why would you feel stupid?"
"You could tell I liked you the moment we met, didn't you?" David asked his foot kicking at a wayward chunk of snow.
The other man let loose a laugh. "It's kinda what I do, I read people." He smiled. "I was hoping you'd ask me things sooner, but I realized you might need a little help. " He held up his right hand, the credit card resting in the palm he waved it slightly, and pushed into his front pocket.
"Your mother?" David asked suspiciously.
"Oh, she was ill but she's been fine for weeks. I just wanted an excuse to come back for the last month or so. She did appreciate the extra flowers though." He said with a grin.
"Now what do we do?" David asked his face brightening.
"The coffee shop down the street is still open," Evan replied. "Let's start there and see where it goes."
David stepped closer to the other man with a smile. "I'd like that very much, but I'm buying."
Evan laugh bringing his left arm around finally to reveal one red rose in his hand. David smiled taking the flower and linking his arm through the other man's as they strolled down the road.