An online chatter meets someone a little different.

It was just another day, Henry had just woken up from his sleep.


He rolls out of bed, goes straight to the kitchen fridge as he usually does, looks in. Cold turkey, mayo, ice tea, milk, coke, Dr Pepper, pickles, can't be bothered eating. He grabs a can of Dr Pepper, goes back to his room, sits at his desk, his computers' been on all night. He wipes the crud out of his eyes and signs in on messenger.

Missed Messages

Tootsiepie88: goodnight, sweet dreams *kiss*

Tootsiepie88: I miss you already :((

Roses_r_red_like_my_lipstick: lol, ok laterz <3

Pirate_queen_rocks86: bye *hugs*

Jane Strut: yeah lol I was just about to say that.

Jane Strut: oh your gone?

Jane Strut: later Henry :)

Maricruz8923: hehehe okie bye

Danielle Yates: sweet dreams xoxo <3

Scarlet_rose_78: :)

Scarlet_rose_78: hi

Scarlet_rose_78: remember me?

Scarlet rose, scarlet rose.. 78.. Who do I know born in 78? Could be something else, or a random number.

Clicks on reply to Scarlet_rose_78.

Blue_Moon_Henry: Hi. No I don't recall a Scarlet, who are you?

Closes the chat box, and grabs his half pack of camels and a lighter by the ashtray, lights a cigarette and inhales, opens his Dr Pepper and looks at the screen. Scarlet_rose_78 pops up on the screen.

Scarlet_rose_78: hmmm I'll give you a hint

Scarlet_rose_78: I'm close by.

Henry puts down his cigarette, takes a gander out of the window at the neighbors house.

Blue_Moon_Henry: Oh ok. A neighbor perhaps?

Scarlet_rose_78: mm mm

Blue_Moon_Henry: Ohh.. Intriguing. Well there's no one in the house but me so you can't be in the house. Are you?

Scarlet_rose_78: no

Blue_Moon_Henry: In the garden then? lol A scarlet rose in the garden? :P

Scarlet_rose_78: dingdingding

Henry laughs to himself, takes another puff of his cigarette and takes a gulp of his Dr Pepper.

Scarlet_rose_78: you there?

Blue_Moon_Henry: Yes. So who are you really?

Scarlet_rose_78: hmmm

Blue_Moon_Henry: Doesn't matter, I like you anyway. lol :P

Scarlet_rose_78: hmmm

Scarlet_rose_78: will you be going out to the garden today henry?

Blue_Moon_Henry: lol Why you lonely?

Scarlet_rose_78: yes i'm very lonely out here

Blue_Moon_Henry: Why? The other flowers don't talk to you? :P

Scarlet_rose_78: they can't talk

Blue_Moon_Henry: lol

Scarlet_rose_78: so

Blue_Moon_Henry: I'll see what I can do. lol :P

Scarlet_rose_78: oh that's wonderful henry I can't wait I've been wanting to meet with you ever since I saw you mowing the lawn last week.

This chick could really be close by..Henry takes the last drag off his cigarette and puts it out.

Blue_Moon_Henry: oh yeah?

Blue_Moon_Henry: What was I wearing??

Scarlet_rose_78: hmmm

Scarlet_rose_78: a brownish orange shirt with the word chargers and 78, and blue jeans acid wash jeans. you looked right at me twice!

What? This chick.. or is it? Really IS close by.. Must be one of the guys fooling around.. but Kevin.. Joe, Max, Gord they're all out of town.. Steve lives 40 minutes away..The neighbors? The neighbors don't know my id? Who else? Lisa, Danielle, Jane they're at college too.. Mom? Nah, she wouldn't do something like this.. Definitely not dad.. Flo's not here either.. Could it be one of the girls I chat with? They don't know my address.. Well maybe…

Scarlet_rose_78: hmmm

Blue_Moon_Henry: That's good. So who are you really?

Scarlet_rose_78: i told you henry

Blue_Moon_Henry: You're Danielle aren't you? lol

Scarlet_rose_78: no

Blue_Moon_Henry: Lisa!?

Scarlet_rose_78: no

Blue_Moon_Henry: Ok. Jokes over, until you tell me who you really are, this conversation is over.

Scarlet_rose_78: henry please

Henry takes a gulp of his Dr Pepper, and goes to the kitchen to fix some cereal.

Pours frosted cornflakes into a bowl, grabs some milk from the refrigerator puts the bowl on the center counter top. As he pours the milk and ponders Scarlet_rose_78, he looks to the right of the countertop at a stack of magazines, Garden Variety with a picture of a Scarlet Rose, he laughs to himself. Crazy...

Takes his cereal and heads back to his room, with three more messages from Scarlet_rose78.

Scarlet_Rose_78: hmmm

Scarlet_Rose_78: look at the rose bush

Scarlet_Rose_78: i'll prove it to u

Henry takes a spoon full and chews, stares at the screen Prove it? Prove I'm an idiot probably…

Well ok, what's it hurt…No harm in looking…

Henry puts his cereal down on the desk, and heads toward the window, and looks down at the garden. He see's the mapple tree and across the grass at the rose bushes, scans the roses from bush to bush, everything seems normal until he see's it. One particularly scarlet rose closing and opening from bud to bloom, over and over.. once, twice, three, four.. Henry steps back, stares blankly at the bottom the window frame his pupils dialated and heart racing. It looked real... but it can't be, how would anyone get a rose to do that? It must be fake... Oh yeah, a fake rose, special effects... Who would play such an elaborate prank on me??

Henry looks back out into the garden, the rose is still.

Scarlet_rose_78: hmmm

Blue_Moon_Henry: I don't know who yuo are, but that was some trouble you went to get me..

Henry rushes downstairs out the garden door, his heart pumping, and heads toward the rose over the grass, he looks at it for a second, it looks real, then puts his hand on it to figure it out, the rose closes suddenly. Henry jumps back slightly, staring at the rose, it looks and felt too real to be fake. The rose opened again slowly "Henry."

Submitted: May 25, 2011

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Like like like. Very clever, kept me. and so different. Very, very good. I get bored easily with the usual love kiss, kill, twisty thingys. I liked this

Fri, May 27th, 2011 8:41pm


Appreciate your comment Rudolph.. And yes the kissy twisty things are best kept in the erotica/romance sections.. : P

Fri, May 27th, 2011 1:47pm

Nadia Jean Private

Watch agreement in tense. Good, a fantasy on chat.

Sun, May 29th, 2011 10:53pm


Appreciate your comment. Good advice. Yeah a fantasy in a twilightzone sense, I thought it more a sci fi though.

Sun, May 29th, 2011 3:59pm

Brake 4 no 1

seems like a pretty good story so far. definitly weird tho...

Mon, May 30th, 2011 10:59am


Appreciate your comment. It's done though, just a short short. Glad you felt it's weird, was the point. : P

Mon, May 30th, 2011 4:02am


Very well written. An unusual beginning!

Tue, June 7th, 2011 2:10pm


Appreciate your comment. It was mean't as a short story, the rest is a mystery.

Tue, June 7th, 2011 7:52am


this is really interesting!! I like it!! x

Sat, July 30th, 2011 6:21pm


Appreciate your comment. Glad you liked it.

Sat, July 30th, 2011 11:23am

Saaya is kind of different and..interesting at the same time..
keep up! Sis/Bro

Sat, September 1st, 2012 11:05pm


it's bro.. this is 2 years later but thanks for your comment.

Tue, August 19th, 2014 4:44pm

wily geist

It was different and kept my interest. Reminds of the twilight zone TV show.

Wed, August 20th, 2014 3:15am


Thanks for you comment. Yes it is in that genre..

Sat, August 23rd, 2014 3:01pm

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