Author: Kate
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: It's a good thing I DON'T own them, cause I really put them through the ringer, no?
Feedback: Yes please, especially constructive criticism, as I was sort of trying something new stylistically here, and while in theory I like it, I think the realization of that pretty much sucks, so ...
Author's Note: Ok, so, I totally have a vase with two yellow roses and daisies in my bedroom, so don't worry about me, lol. And my Valentine's Day was fine, thanks for asking. ;)

white roses

are for purity
signify goodness of heart
embody innocence

red roses

are for love
signify depth of emotion
embody respect

white roses when dead

brown, like flesh aging, rotting
corruption of that purity
death of youth and goodness

red roses when dead

dark, like blood drying, crusting
betrayal of that love
fallacy of trust in volatile emotions


In anger, out of breath, face flushed, she broke the stems, snapping them one by one, before stuffing them violently in the garbage can and running back to the solace of her now flowerless bedroom, where she flung herself onto her bed and whispered into her pillow, "Happy Valentine's Day, Isabel."


For more on the meaning of rose colors see:

"It's forced, the whole thing. If you have a sweetie, you feel compelled to make a night of it, to get romantic even if you had a sucky day at work, to make dinner reservations and wait around because the restaurant's overbooked and rush through the fondue when you feel like you really should have stayed home and done the dishes piled up in the sink, and you've got to get a gift, and you've got to get flowers and chocolates and blah, and there's all this pressure even if you think it's a stupid tradition. If you don't have a sweetie, you feel kind of left out, and you wish someone would send you a box of candy even though chocolate gives you hives and you also think it's a stupid tradition. " -Sars on the idiocy of Valentine's Day

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