A tiny story about a strange friendship
|A box of Valentines chocolates and a bag of conversation hearts sat together on a discount store shelf. It was Valentines Day, and the store had been ransacked of Valentines candy, except for these two. Even the lollipops and marshmallow hearts had all been sold. Someone who had been in a hurry days earlier had decided to not to get the conversation hearts and box of chocolates and instead put them on a shelf behind a stack of towels, where they had stayed hidden. But they constantly feared being discovered. And there wasn't just the threat of Valentines Day but the clearance sale afterward. They were at the mercy of any customer looking for towels who happened to find them.
They knew one way or the other they would meet their demise, but they wanted to put it off as long as possible. On that day, Valentines Day, they knew that it might be likely they would say goodbye to the store shelf and hello to some lucky person's eager mouth. The box of chocolates dreaded the crinkling of its cellophane wrapper and the lifting of its cardboard top which was covered with a huge fabric red rose. The bag of conversation hearts dreaded the sound of opening plastic and the giggles over its cheesy sayings.
Sure enough, they heard footsteps coming closer and before they knew it a hand was touching the towels and discovered them. The box of chocolate's cellophane wrap shrank a bit from fear, but it was inevitable. The box was unceremoniously plopped into the metal shopping cart, leaving the bag of conversation hearts behind.. It was then quickly carted away. As the bag sat on the store shelf with the towels, two of the hearts were clumped together in the see-through window of the bag. They said, "How Heartless" and "I MIss You."