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I was working in the basement when she came down with a glass of tea and a mischievous gleam in her eyes.

So... I was wondering if you had any plans for a week from today?

A week from today. Think think think. Valentine's day?

Well, uh...

I hadn't really made any plans. I felt like an idiot.

Dinner? Yes. Dinner. With my best girlfriend.

A barefaced lie. She saw right through me. But she played along.

Dinner? That's nice. Any place special?

Of course, my dear. It's close to an anniversary for us. Why not celebrate? Let's get dressed up and go someplace special.

She looked me square in the eyes, a little smile playing across her lips. She put her arms around my neck and pulled me close. I felt her warm breath on my ear.

I'll make us hotel reservations. We'll need a room for the night.

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