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He sat in the courtyard with his head in his hands, oblivious to the warm weather, ignoring the sunshine.


He looked up slowly.

“You look a state,” his friend said, sitting down. “What’s wrong?”

With a sigh, the young man nodded over to a nearby window. “You see the girl there? Don’t stare.”

His friend stretched and looked around. “The blonde or the brunette?”

“The blonde.”

A grin spread across his face and he elbowed his morose companion. “Tasty. What’s the problem? She won’t speak to you?”

The young man shook his head. “I’ve got her number. She’s already said she’ll go to the dance with me.”

The friend laughed. “So what’s your problem?”

He took a deep breath before answering. “Over there. By the fountain.”

“The ginger girl in the short skirt?”

The young man sighed and put his head in his hands again.

“Yeah. She wants to go to the dance with me too. Practically threw herself at me.”

His friend sat back and folded his arms. “Well now. That is a problem. Which one do you like best?”

“That’s the thing. I can’t decide.”

The friend laughed. “Well. Think you could make your choice quickly, so I can pick up the one you leave broken hearted?”

© Kari Fay

(Author’s Note: The Lovers is an interesting card. While many decks show a man and a woman under the sun as a standard, some decks instead show a man and two women. A choice; dilemma. Obviously, for a writer, the second variation offers more options for an interesting story!)