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The Lucky Coin
By Kitty N Allwood
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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Kitty finds that taking a chance brings positive results in love.

The Lucky Coins

Kitty Savage sadly smiled as she looked over her two-year-old date book with highlighted notes of her times with Marco; a love she let go. She quickly wiped a tear from her eye as the receptionist called out her name and showed her to the stylists’ chair. Kitty first came to this salon when she found out Marco was actually seeing another woman while in a relationship with her. Kitty’s stylist, Joyce gave her hope on that dreary Tuesday morning and then changed the style and color of her hair. “Cry all you want today and maybe even tomorrow. Get it out of your system and then, pull yourself together and take care of you and only you. Someone worthy of your loyalty and love will come.” She said as she put the finishing touches on her now blonde hair. Since that day, Kitty went to the same stylist every month to touch up and catch up.

As the two ladies discussed the events of their lives, Kitty would find herself feeling awkward because month after month she had nothing exciting happening in her life. She confessed in joining a singles group and even online dating, only to find herself meeting men who were simply not interested in anything more than casual dating. She was 42 and lonely. “It has to be me.” She said sadly as Joyce smiled shaking her head no. “Sweetie, the right guy comes in fates’ time. You have to be out there. It’s like finding a coin. That lucky penny surfaces when you least expect it and sometimes you don’t want to bend over for it. But, you do, and you find yourself using it and realizing you needed it after all. Lucky penny! I’m having a Valentine’s Day Party. I insist you attend.” She said as she showed Kitty to the reception area and wrote her address on a business card and handed it to her, as she was about to leave. “I sincerely want you to come. Oh! Wear something red or pink.” Kitty smiled as she thanked Joyce for the invite and quickly rushed off to her day’s errands.

Kitty was a woman who loved with all of her heart and never strayed in her relationship. She believed, but now second-guessed herself that trust, loyalty and honesty are the foundation of love. As hard as she tried to forget Marco, everything in her apartment had his signature on it, his scent, and his energy. Done with her weekly shopping she put the bags on the kitchen table and checked her messages. Every time the message beep would sound her heart would skip a beat or two, hoping it may be him. As the last message came and went her disappointment showed as the aching heart and sounds of her heavy sighs made her feel as if she were in a dark place filled with emptiness.

While Kitty finished putting the day’s shopping away, she pulled out the receipts and entered them separately in her budget book until she came across Joyce’s business card. She sat back in her kitchen chair staring at the card with Joyce’s home address, Kitty placed the card down and went into her closet searching for something to wear as she kept asking herself if she should attend or not. “I have to go.” she said out loud, “I said I would.” She scanned through her closet, disappointed to find nothing she’d want to wear; she decided to go shopping for a dress.

“I hate this.” She moaned to herself as she hailed a cab to take her downtown to her favorite clothing store. She tried on a dozen outfits, all of which she found fault with due to her chubby figure until she explained her dilemma to the sales lady. Within moments she was trying on outfits that brought her confidence and beauty out. “Yes, this one.” She said happily as she quickly dressed and went to the cashier to pay. She thought to herself maybe she shouldn’t go to the Valentine’s Day party, especially without a date. The cashier rang up her dress and said, “eighty-seven, fifty three.” Kitty pulled out her purse and in her horror realized she took the wallet with the cash but forgot the change purse. Embarrassed of the predicament she was in, she apologized to the customers behind her as she scraped the bottom of her purse for the last few cents she needed. “Oh, I’m sorry, I’m short seven cents. Would you mind holding this here and I’ll be back in an hour?” Kitty sheepishly asked as a rugged voice from behind her said, “Here you go, seven cents, is it?” She turned towards the voice and smiled, “Oh sir, thank you. I can pay you back.” She answered relieved. The tall, dark haired stranger smiled and told her to forget about it. “Think of it as my good deed for the day, for a pretty lady.” He said as he turned and walked away.

The day of the party, Kitty awoke feeling energized, she walked around the apartment singing and dancing, almost like a young girl going to her first school dance. She spent the day giving her self a long list of salon treatments and was finally dressed and stood in front of her tri fold mirror staring at herself wondering why she was getting so overly excited for a simple house party. Before she could change her mind she quickly grabbed the hostess gift and her wrap and went on her way.

She walked the five blocks slowly as she didn’t want to be the first guest there. Kitty looked up at the darkening sky feeling very alone and uncomfortable, but at that point she was standing in front of Joyce’s home. The red and white lights shined through the windows of the house. Kitty admired the inviting heart shaped wreath as she rang the doorbell. She already made up her mind she’d stay an hour and then go home. Joyce’s face lit up when she saw Kitty, “I am so happy you came. Come on in.” She said as she began to introduce Kitty to the other guests and brought her punch. The house was decorated with red linen, fresh red roses and carnations along with chocolate covered cherries; some enjoyed the special buffet, while others danced to romantic music. Taking in the pleasant evening, she noticed everyone was paired off which made her feel her decision to leave early was the right one.
Moments later a distressed Joyce rushes over to Kitty asking if she’d mind going down the street to the grocery store for a bag of ice. “My cousin Angelo should’ve been here already with ice. He recently got divorced and is always late for everything. Would you get a bag until he gets here?” How could Kitty say no, it was her way out of lover’s lane. She quickly agreed as Joyce handed her a couple of dollars.

It was beginning to drizzle and she quickly put her wrap over her head to protect her hair from the rain as she rushed into grocery store and picked up two bags of ice. She noticed there was only one long line open and asked if they would mind if she cut in front of them because there was a party waiting for ice. As the customers agreed, she began thanking them as she worked her way up to the front of the line, not noticing a man with a carriage filled with bags of ice. As she paid the clerk a familiar voice asked, “Lady, you got seven cents?” She quickly turned to the man beside her and noticed he was the one from the dress shop who gave her the change. Laughingly, she began to hand him the seven cents as he shook his head no and asked her to wait while he paid for his purchases. A beaming Kitty waited quietly as he walked towards her with bags of ice and asked, “you having a party?” She smiled and told him about her friend’s party and her cousin being late. He chuckled and asked, is your friend’s cousins’ name Angelo?” Kitty looked at him in amazement, “How did you know?” As she uttered those words she realized he was Angelo! “Oh, I don’t believe this. You’re Angelo!” She declared as her face turned shades of red and pink. Angelo took the bags of ice from Kitty and told her they better get to the party or the ice will melt and then asked, “Look, I wanted to ask you this the other day, but you were gone when I turned around. Would you like to have dinner with me?” He asked making her body tingle with delight and excitement. “Yes, I’d love it.” She replied. “We’ll talk at the party.” He said.
As they walked towards Joyce’s home, Kitty realized Joyce had a point about lucky coins.
Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved Kitty N. Allwood 

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Reviewed by Janet lahey 1/25/2009
Again, beautiful. I love this one too!
Reviewed by Shakina Williams 5/31/2008
Liked your story a lot! Makes you think and that's what's it all about.
Reviewed by Nancy Spartan 8/14/2007
You're writing is so inspirational. Beautiful! Please write more!
Reviewed by Lilian T 8/13/2007
Nice, very nice. I like stories with a little hope in the end. Positive, beautiful.
Reviewed by Brooke Murphy 7/25/2007
Love it!
Reviewed by Thorn M 6/29/2007
Another good one. Very nice. TM
Reviewed by Sharon Rossi 6/25/2007
Have any of those "lucky coins" for me? Sweet story, love the message it leaves you with.
Reviewed by sara prentis 6/24/2007
Wow, very nice story. Inspirational.
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 6/14/2007
Lovely story, Katherine.

God bless,


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