30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 14

by bdhesse

Day 14 —Elvis still gets 100 Valentines each year. Tell about one of the people who sent one.
Jodi licked the envelope while “That’s All Right” played in the background. She began to hum along as she wrote the address on the front.
“There we go,” she said to herself. “Everybody should get a card on Valentine’s Day.” She added the card to her already full bag.
“Come on, Sparkles,” she called. “Let’s go for a walk.”
A little white dog came barrelling into the room at full speed, barking the whole way.
“Yes, yes,” Jodi said. “I know you’re excited. Now hold still so I can get this leash on you.”
Sparkles wriggled around happily as Jodi struggled to get the leash attacked to the dog’s bejewelled collar.
“Okay, let’s go,” Jodi said. She led the dog out of the little house. They walked slowly down the street towards the corner store.
“Hello, Jodi!” a voice called behind them.
Jodi turned to see her neighbour, Sarah, coming home from work.
“Oh, Sarah,” Jodi said. “You startled me.”
Sarah laughed. “Sorry about that,” she said. “Taking Sparkles for a walk?”
Jodi nodded. “I have some letters to mail,” she said. “And Sparkles could use the exercise.”
As she said the last bit, Sparkles began to tug on the leash in an attempt to sniff a flower that had caught his attention.
Sarah laughed again. “I can see that,” she said. “Well, you have a good day.”
“You too,” Jodi said as she turned to continue her walk.
“Sarah is such a nice girl,” Jodi said to Sparkles. “Remember when she used to babysit you?” Jodi smiled at the memory. Her life had changed so much in the past year. It seemed like all the good memories were decades past.
The arrived at the corner store and Jodi quickly poured all the cards into the mail box.
“You seem to have a lot of cards there,” a man said to Jodi as he walked towards the store’s door.
Jodi smiled at him. “Of course,” she said. “Everyone deserves a card on Valentine’s Day.”
The man looked at the card in Jodi’s hand. “Even Elvis?” he asked. “You know Elvis is dead, right?”
“Of course Elvis deserves a card!” Jodi said, affronted. “He may not be able to open it himself, but he can still see it. He knows he’s still loved.”
The man laughed and shook his head as he entered the store.
Jodi frowned. “If I’m going to give a card to Ralph, I think I can give one to Elvis too,” she told Sparkles. “After all, they’re both watching from the same place.”