1 - "I'm getting married!"
getting married in four weeks and want my flower
arrangements done by Tiffanies Flowers & Petals, my
cake and chocolates done by Mitchell’s C&C.”
said Samantha Patterson dictating to her executive
assistant Paula, starring out her office window at the
I want an appointment with the both of them together
tomorrow in my office. Am I making myself clear
Paula?” said Samantha
Miss Patterson, I’ll call today for an appointment”
said Paula jotting down the numerous details that
Samantha was listing out
Paula, I want a complete review of my wedding plans
tomorrow before the appointment, thank you” said
Samantha touching up her lips then reached into her
purse for her blackberry as she headed out of her office
towards the elevator, “Hello James, in five minutes
please, thank you.”
Flowers & Pedals is owned and ran by Tiffany
Marshall the absolute go to florist of the rich and
New York City
. Every woman wants her
flower arrangements done by Tiffany. Her creations
are nothing short of jaw dropping gorgeous.
C&C is owned and ran by none other than Mark
Mitchell the best chocolateir and cake designer in the
City. He created a sensation with his “Kisses in
a Box”, a personal handmade chocolate assortment
mounted on a small debutant cake that every woman wants
to receive for any special occasion. The box it
comes in is unique and any one that sees it upon
delivery knows where it came from, Mitchell’s C&C.
phone rang in Tiffany’s office as she was putting the
finishing touches on three bride maids flowers.
get it. Hello, Tiffany’s Flowers & Petals,
Tiffany speaking.” Said Tiffany tucking the phone
under her right ear.
Tiffany this is Paula Gains for Miss Samantha Patterson,
she would like an appointment with you tomorrow in her
office, do you have an opening
Patterson, of course, what time does she want?” said
Tiffany switching the phone to her other ear so she can
write down the details.
she’ll have lunch served. Plan on two hours.”
problem, 12pm, her office, got it, I’ll be there.
Thank you” said Tiffany hanging up
girls, everybody stop” said Tiffany to everyone in the
shop. Everyone froze and looked up at her.
have an appointment with Samantha Patterson tomorrow and
you know what that means, we’ve got the wedding of the
year dropped on us. I want a meeting with everyone
in thirty minutes. Bring your ideas, sketches and
thinking caps. This is the big show.”
Mitch speaking, how can I
help you today?” answered Mitchell in his usual up
Mitchell, this is Paula Gains for Miss Samantha
Patterson, she would like an appointment with you
tomorrow in her office, do you have an opening?”
Patterson, of course, what time?”
she’ll have lunch served. Plan on two hours”
problem, 12pm, her office, got it. I’ll be
there, have a cake day” said Mitchell in his usual
Samantha Patterson. This wont be a cake walk, Mitchell
said to himself walking back to his office plopping
himself down in his chair rubbing his eyes.
asked Shelia his lead cake decorator.
just got off the phone with Samantha Patterson’s assistant
and I’ve got an appointment with Samantha Patterson at
noon tomorrow” said Mitchell.
shit. The big show” said Shelia putting down her
pen and pad.
got that right. Any body that’s any body will be
at the wedding and she will not except any design ideas
that are not totally unique and of course she’ll want
a huge multi tower cake” said Mitchell tapping his
fingers on the desk.
the staff I want a meeting with them and to brace for
impact” said Mitchell looking at the wall clock.
2 “I want both of you to work together”
“Miss Patterson, Tiffany is here” said Paula paging
you Paula, escort her in please, and page me when lunch
arrives, thank you” said Samantha signing off on some
court documents putting them aside.
Tiffany, how are you? Take a seat please” said
Samantha looking up from her papers over her reading
am doing fine Miss Patterson” said Tiffany sitting in
one of two chairs facing her desk.
please, Tiffany, no need to be formal. We’re
going to be working together” said Samantha signing a
few more documents glancing up at Tiffany.
Patterson, Mitchell is here” said Paula paging
you Paula, escort him in please.” said Samantha taking
off her reading glasses and touching up her lips.
Tiffany pursed her lips and adjusted herself in her
chair after hearing the Mitchell announcement.
Mitch, take a seat please. I am sure you know
Tiffany” said Samantha coming around her desk to shake
always made it a point to shake a man hands when
introduced to her. She felt that it established a
level playing ground and to let them know that although
she was a woman, she is just as good. Treat me as your
equal and we’ll get along just fine, is her motto.
I am glad that you both are here. So let me start by
saying money is no object. All Paul and I know is
what we want. So, now that we have the money talk out of
the way, let’s get down to what you have planned.
Tiffany, you first” said Samantha looking at both of
them leaning back into her high back leather chair
crossing her long legs.
Samantha working with your color guidelines, I’ve come
up with these three concepts” said Tiffany placing her
sketch boards, flower samples, and table cloth swatches
I like what I’m seeing. I like concept two, thank
you” said Samantha looking intently over Tiffany’s
designs, and then turning to Mitchell.
Mitchell, let’s see your ideas” said Samantha
looking at Mitchell with a smile.
Samantha, as you can see I have created a “Kisses in a
Box” wedding chocolate assortment for each of your
guest. Each one will be personalized” started
I am sorry, but the flowers you have on the debutant
cake don’t match my concepts” said Tiffany
interrupting, standing and pointing to her concept.
“I have roses and you have tulips” she continued.
what’s the problem Tiffany” said Mitchell looking at
her standing next to her design. “Well,
Mitchell, roses and tulips… Get a clue, theses two
flowers don’t mix” said Tiffany defending her design
that’s not my problem. Chocolates and cake
design takes presidents over flower arrangements” said
don’t think so Mitch. Chocolates and cake follow
the flowers” snapped back Tiffany.
Okay, Okay” said Samantha raising
up her hands after seeing the build up between the two
you two are going to have to get along here. I
absolutely will not have this bickering between the two
of you, am I making myself clear?” said Samantha
pointing fingers at them like a mother scolding her
kids. They stopped, realizing that she was the
client with unlimited money.
what we are going to do is this, Mitchell, I like
concept three, Tiffany, I like concept two. Now,
you two get together and make them work and be back in
my office next week with your blended concepts.
You will call Paula with your date and time for next
week. Am I making myself clear?” Samantha
said looking back and forth at both of them.
Samantha” they both said in unison.
Patterson, lunch is here” said Paula buzzing in on
you Paula. Unless there is something else we need
to discuss?” said Samantha pausing to see if either of
them was going to challenge her.
well, lunch is being served in conference room three
that is all, thank you” said Samantha in her usual I
am done with you, you may go now salutation.
and Mitchell gathered up their concepts and went to
board room three fearing that Samantha would be in to
check on them.
tulips, what the hell are you thinking” said Tiffany
piling on meat, some veggies and bread on her plate.
tulips Tiffany, I can work with several colors with
tulips, don’t you get it?” said Mitchell building an
equally large plate of food.
how many bouquets of Tulips and Roses have you seen?”
Tiff, I think we can work the two concepts together and
I am willing to change to roses. Let’s get our
people together on this and make it happen.
It’s the wedding of the year.” said Mitchell
in a calm voice trying to win over Tiffany.
yeah you’re right. I’ll call you later today
to setup a time” said Tiffany calming down and taking
a seat at the conference table. Mitchell took a
seat across from her. Samantha entered the
conference room looking at the both of them.
it seems like you two have found some level ground”
said Samantha looking over the gourmet selections.
we have Samantha; we’re going to get our creative
teams together tomorrow. We’ve decided on roses
as the main flower theme” said Mitchell leaning back
in his chair glancing over at Tiffany for confirmation.
Tiffany smiled and winked.
good, I think roses are an excellent choice. Now,
let’s talk about cakes and table décor” said
Samantha taking a seat at the head of the conference
3 “I think this idea will work, don’t you?”
and I agreed to meet for lunch at Harry’s Deli to
discuss Samantha’s plans. It’s been no secret
that Tiffany and I have been known to butt heads over
wedding planning, hell more like knock down drag outs.
But in the end we somehow find middle ground and work
things out. I’ve known Tiffany for over five
years. She’s a cute brunette with all the other
parts in the right places. We’ve never dated
although we are at several weddings and receptions
you” said Tiffany letting down her hair and pulling
off her coat and gloves
I said French kissing her on both cheeks.
on special today?” she asked looking over the menu
then up at me
don’t know. I just got here myself. I
think I’ll have my usual hot pastrami on marble rye
and salad” I said looking over the menu.
feeling like a hearty veggie soup and half roast beef.
Yep, that’s what I’m havin’” she said closing
you two let me guess you’re planning a wedding.
Of course I don’t mean yours” said Barbara smiling
and chuckling. She’s our regular waitress
who’s been at Harry’s since it opened.
not ours” said Tiffany laughing looking at me
planning but not planning ours” I said handing Barbara
what can I get you two today”
is having a bowl of veggie soup, half roast beef and
I’ll have my usual”
right up” said Barbara jotting down there order.
here are some ideas I have lined up for the brides maids
and table settings” said Tiffany laying out a
nice, very nice indeed” I said looking over her ideas.
now that you’ve showed me yours, I’ll show you
mine” I said laughing laying out my cake ideas next to
now look at us working together without clashing” she
said scooting her chair next to mine.
is what happens when we play nice” I said.
could smell her perfume as she reached across me
pointing at the numerous drawings we had spread out on
the table. I just watched her as she talked about
the flower settings with all the enthusiasm of a little
girl playing tea party with her stuffed animals. I had
thought about asking her out on a date off and on but
our fights over client wedding plans made me think we
would be terrible at dating or trying to be a couple.
what do you think” she asked looking at me realizing
my mind was somewhere else.
earth to Mitch, hello” she snapped her fingers at me
trying to get my attention
with you” I said
were thinking about?”
nothing. I like these two and that one” I said
trying to throw her off her investigation of my
no, no, you’re not getting off that easy. Your mind
was someplace else”
these two and that one”
wrong answer mister. Come on. Spill it”
on. Out with it” she smiled poking me in the
okay… I was thinking about us” I said reaching for
my glass of water trying to avoid eye contact
about us? You’re no backing out of doing this
wedding are you? Because if you are you’re nuts.
It’s the wedding of the year! Hell, the wedding
of your career!” she said starring at me wide eyed.
hell no, I haven’t lost my mind”
what?” she snapped back knowing I was avoiding the
took another sip of water, then another. I was
about to take another sip when she reached for my hand
pushing it slowly down to the table.
are you trying to say?” she said looking me dead in
the eyes smiling.
was nervous as hell. Now I know how guys feel when
they are about to pop the question.
she asked again looking at me “Out with it.”
I was thinking that…”
you go guys, veggie soup half roast beef, hot pastrami
on marble rye, salad, two diet cokes. Anything
else?” said Barbara in a fast steady tone repeating
our orders as she placed them on the table one by one.
God for Barbara I gasped to myself. Barbara to the
no Barbara, that’s all for now, check back with us in
a little while” said Tiffany pushing the food to the
center of the table.
is about to tell me something” she continued staring
me in the eyes. She wasn’t about to let up on
I’ll check back on you two in a little while” said
Barbara flipping the pages on her receipt book
walking over to another table.
now you have no more excuses, spill it” she said
pursed my lips and adjusted the silverware. I felt
small beads of sweat starting to form on my forehead.
if you must know, I was thinking about asking you out on
a date sometime. There I said it” I said
nervously twirling the knife on the table.
was speechless. She sat back in her chair, crossed her
hands on her chest then took a sip of water.
I said it?” I repeated to her
heard you” she said taking a couple more sips of water
staring straight ahead
I know it’s a crazy idea. You, me dating, hah,
that’s rich” I said pulling my sandwich towards me.
Tiffany pushed the sandwich back away from my hand and
looked at me.
been waiting for you to ask me out forever you dope”
she said with a big smile
you seen the signs?” she continued
don’t know. We are always working together and
well I didn’t think anything of you acting out of the
are you blind? Remember at the Masterson’s
wedding when I shared my cake slice with you?”
didn’t think anything of that. We’re always
eating cake at the weddings” I said trying to figure
out where she was going with this.
remember when I fed you the cake then I took a bite off
the same fork?” she said slowly
I said with a puzzled look on my face.
hello? That’s girl sign talk for I like you”
get otta here, really?” I said sitting back in my
swear sometimes guys just don’t get it when a girl is
interested” she said crossing her arms
I get it. Really I do. I kinda thought about
that moment. But now it all makes since.”
she asked smiling.
it all makes since now. I’ve thought about
asking you out four or five times.”
what stopped you?”
didn’t think you would say yes and that coupled with
the fact that we both work together so much it might
ruin our business relationship.”
me if after all the fighting and yelling we have done
and we’re still working together, dating is a cake
walk. Hey, I made a funny!” she giggled
will you go out with me?” I said reaching for her
and when do you have in mine” she said holding onto my
hands between us
about dinner tonight, seven thirty at Three Forks on
know, it’s where I first saw you”
you wore a black one piece with pearls and matching
did see me! I was out with my mother for her
birthday” she beamed
hope we’re not making a mistake” I said pulling her
leaned in close to me… “Don’t worry, remember,
we’re in the wedding business. If we don’t
know what love is, who does?”
kissed and sat together holding hands under the table
like a couple of high school sweethearts on a first
date. A year later from that day we invited all of
our friends and clients to our wedding.
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