VALENTINE’S DAY IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Under the huge glass dome, Benny sat nervously on a bench.

‘A new addition to our Mediterranean Biome is this perfume garden inspired by Moorish gardens of old,’ said a guide as a group of tourists shuffled passed. ‘Roses, lilies and jasmine are just some of the wonderful scents you can find in here.’

Benny watched them go and looked at the pink-red rose he held. He hoped it was a good one. Dating a Biome Supervisor at the Eden Project made giving flowers as a gift a whole lot more complicated.

Kathryn came out the staff door. Radiant in a burgundy dress, her red hair shining, caught by the sun glinting through the glass roof. Benny stood to greet her and held out the rose.

‘Happy Valentine’s Day.’

‘A Wildeve,’ Kathryn smiled, taking the rose.

‘Eve in the Garden of Eden,’ Benny said.

‘I get it, Benny.’ She pulled a small box from her bag and gave it to him. ‘Happy Valentine’s Day.’

Benny opened the box. Inside was a red apple. Benny looked at Kathryn.

‘A Discovery apple. First raised in Essex in 1949. Crisp and juicy.’

Benny looked into Kathryn’s deep brown eyes.

‘Tempted?’ she asked.


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© Sascha Darlington

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visit HERE.

Visit the Eden Project website HERE.

To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

37 responses to “VALENTINE’S DAY IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN”

  1. Such a sweet Valentine – he gives her a rose – she offers him an apple in…..the garden of Eden – masterful story telling Iain!

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  2. I like yours, too. Well done. Since I have been stung by an twisted Adam and Eve bug, I totally enjoy this piece.

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated 🙂

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  3. Love it! Such a great recreation of the Adam and Eve story in the future. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, appreciate your kind comment as always 🙂

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      1. Always look forward to your stories.

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  4. She had me at ‘burgundy dress’!
    Neatly done, Iain

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  5. Love the whole Adam and Eve thing 🙂 I wonder if he was tempted? Nicely done.

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    1. I think he was unable to resist! 🙂

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  6. There could be a cottage industry there! Nice story

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    1. I’m sure they’ll be cashing in Valentine’s Day anyway! Thanks

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  7. This was just awesome…

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated and glad you liked it.

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  8. …and the rest is history! Delightful Iain.

    Click to read my story!

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  9. I love the symbolism you’ve used here because it does the job without being overdone.
    My favorite line was “Dating a Biome Supervisor at the Eden Project made giving flowers as a gift a whole lot more complicated.” It brought a subtle bit of relatable humor to a fantastical setting. Really awesome storytelling.

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    1. Thank you Sydney, very kind comments 🙂

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  10. Nice twist. I wonder if he’ll bite?

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    1. I don’t think he’ll be allowed not to. Thanks James.

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  11. Again, love your flash fiction. I would definitely bite.

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    1. Thanks Joy, glad you are tempted 😉

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  12. Cute Valentine’s story. Seems like it will go well as they are already thinking along the same lines 🙂

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    1. I think so, thanks Mandi 🙂

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  13. Score! Great ending, Iain.

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  14. I really like that. The background as well gives it more flavour.

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated.

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  15. Really enjoyed this story Iain!!

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked it!

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  16. Love it! This may be one of my favorites of yours!

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    1. Thanks Sascha, that’s very kind 🙂

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