Getting Lei-ed: Frangipani #atozchallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter F

Here we are with “F.” And, I thought I’d go for something a little less serious as yesterday’s was quite intense.

All of these stories are linked. While the stories are linked, each is a standalone. However, if you’ve missed any and want to read them, you can catch up here.

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Getting Lei-ed

“I’m totally naming our first kid Frangipani Plumeria,” Tyson says as he picks up the fragrant frangipani plant. “Lookit. It says these are the flowers they use in Hawaiian leis.”

He bumps Rachel with his shoulder. “Want to get lei-ed, Rach?”

He laughs. She rolls her eyes at the woman in the blue shirt who obviously works at this nursery. Rachel wonders how many times she’s heard that awful joke.

“Rach, we could totally grow this.”

“What do you mean we? You can’t even keep your artificial plants alive,” she says.

He holds his hands up. “Not my fault. I didn’t know it was artificial. Who knew that silk plants would get all moldy when you watered them?”

Rachel bites her tongue instead of saying “everyone” like she wants to. She picks up the frangipani plants. The flowers are beautiful. So delicate looking.

“Get it, Rach. We can grow it together.”

She’s tempted until she sees that the plant is mildly poisonous. Nope, she’s not taking the chance with Curtis the Catnip Kitty. “Curtis would eat the plant. So, no.”

“He’s smart enough not to eat it,” Tyson says.

“He’s also smart enough not to like you,” she says coolly, then bites her lip because, although true, it wasn’t very nice.


Rachel wonders if it’s not about time to follow Curtis’ advice and give Tyson the “heave-ho.” If the sex hadn’t been so good, she would have done it sooner. Trying to have a conversation with him is like talking to your refrigerator when you open the door. The light’s on, but no one’s home. Tomorrow morning after breakfast she’ll break it off. First one more night of the best sex she’s ever had. That she will miss. Tyson? Not so much.

She picks up a packet of Four O’Clock seeds and goes to the cashier.

“Don’t want the frangipani?” the cashier asks, smirking.

“Rach’s not a big fan of getting lei-ed,” Tyson says and then doubles over laughing.

Nope. Not even the best sex is worth this, Rachel thinks, as she pays. Definitely not getting lei-ed tonight.


About Frangipani

Growing Fangipani

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