Written for the HWD Drabble Event, 7/21/18
Word Count: 293
Lili ran her fingers over the petals of a rose bush, feet guiding themselves one after another as she meandered along the graveled pathways of her garden. The sun had been tempered by the late afternoon, the breeze sparse, but pleasant. Lili breathed deep and held onto these last few moments of peace she had left before the land went dark.
"Hey," sounded a voice from behind.
Lili gasped and turned, a grin spreading across her face as she caught sight of her unexpected visitor. "Emil! You made it!"
Emil stepped forward to meet her, looking apologetic. "I'm sorry," he said, "I wanted to get here earlier to see if I could help, but my flight got delayed…" He trailed off, and Lili felt her cheeks heat up as his eyes shifted lower to take in her emerald-green party dress. "…You look beautiful," he finished after a moment.
"Thank you," Lili responded softly. She smoothed some hair behind her ear, and her grin simmered down to a fond smile. "Are those for me?" she asked, gesturing to the bouquet in his arm.
Emil looked as though he had forgotten all about it. "Oh, yeah. Here," he said, offering it to her.
"Basch's going to think you're being too forward," she chided as she accepted them.
"It's a special occasion," Emil responded with a shrug. He out his hand for her to take, but before she could be lead back to the house, he positioned himself to the right, blocking out a certain window with a gap between the curtains.
"Happy Birthday," Emil said, bringing Lili's hand to his lips and placing a swift kiss there.
Lili flushed and gripped the bouquet tighter. "Thank you," she told him. "It really is one now."