Lesson 5 – The Persian Rug


The Persian Rug

“Eric, that was a very good dinner,” said Linda placing her knife and fork neatly on her plate.

“Yes, I enjoyed it too,” replied Eric summoning their waitress.

“Have you bought the rug you promised me?”

“I did say you could have one on your birthday,” he told her. “Would you like more wine?”


Eric ordered another bottle of their favorite wine and looked up sharply as the waitress touched him lightly on the shoulder.

“Well it’s my birthday tomorrow,” said Linda and reached across the table and took hold of Eric’s hand showing the wedding band to the waitress who was fiddling with their plates. “You do remember, don’t you?”

“But your birthday is next Saturday, the twenty-eight,” said Eric loosening her hold on his hand.

“You forgot. You forgot!” Linda said and drank the last mouth-full in a single gulp.

“No, I just got the date wrong,” he said, “we can go through to the House of Persians in the morning.”

“You should have organized it sooner because they close on weekends,” she said and then to the waitress, “Go fetch the wine.”

“I’ll get it first thing on Monday,” he said looking over his shoulder. “Where is she with the wine.”

The waitress returned with the wine and with her a second waitress and two waiters who carried a large colorfully wrapped roll-shaped parcel. The four sang happy birthday in beautiful harmony and then handed the Persian Rug to Eric.

“Eric, you are such a boy,” exclaimed Linda embarrassed at the turn of events and her abruptness.

“Well it sure beats hankies, socks, and panties,” grinned Eric.


About Michael Reyneke

At present I work full-time as a SAP Business Consultant specializing in Warehouse Management. I have chosen writing as a field to explore for the future when there is more time for non-computer creative activity. I live in South Africa with my wife, have three children and five grandchildren.
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6 Responses to Lesson 5 – The Persian Rug

  1. freckles says:

    I liked this, it made me roll my eyes when I thought, he got her birthday date wrong. Although, happy when he hadn’t really and produced the rug, I most especially liked his quick response of, “Well, it sure beats hankies, socks, and panties.” It made me giggle, as that’s what we mostly end up with. Nicely done 🙂

  2. TMC says:

    Hi Michael,
    Enjoyed reading this – short, sharp and fun to read. Well done.

  3. Hana says:

    This story had some nice twists in it. I thought that you showed Linda’s thoughts very well by how you described her actions. Good dialog too.

  4. prue says:

    It is a story all of us can relate to, usually with less glorious outcomes.
    A big AWE award for this one. I’ve read two posts and yours has me still smiling. Good job.


  5. Ginny says:

    It is a good story – I liked the clever, happy ending.


  6. Anna2987 says:

    Short, sweet and simple. Very nicely written! Good job with the dialogue and actions between the two characters. Easy to read, understandable and the ending was lovely.

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