The Valentine Day’s Massacre

Alan J. Schwarz
13 min readFeb 11, 2021

Joel Rosenberg was nervous. His relationship with Mindy Kotel had happened much faster than he would have ever believed. He was in first year University and he met Mindy during orientation week and they’d been inseparable since. The problem Joel had was he didn’t know if he wanted to be in such a serious relationship. University had just started and there were millions of women he wanted to meet and get to know. Mindy on the other hand kept telling him they were soulmates and were meant to be.

In the past Valentine’s Day was not a big deal, but this year Mindy kept telling Joel it was a perfect time to demonstrate their love. He didn’t give it much thought, until the morning of February 14th when Mindy dropped by his room in residence. She knocked on his door at seven am, which did not impress his hungover roommate, and gave him a beautiful card and an incredible gift. It was a gold wristband with his and her name engraved together and the date. He had absolutely nothing for her. ‘’Honey, I’m going to give you your card and your gift later.’’ Mindy clapped her hands together. ‘’Wonderful, you mean when we’re out for dinner at a romantic restaurant?’’ A stunned Joel nodded his head. ‘’Yup that’s what I meant.’’

Joel told Mindy he wanted to take a shower and get dressed. She smiled ‘’I understand, you want to meet at the Oasis for breakfast.’’ He nodded and she looked at her watch. I’ll see you there in about twenty minutes.’’ She then headed out the door. Joel’s roommate Zeke lifted his head off his pillow with one eye shut, ‘’Dude, you are completely pussy whipped. Happy Fuckin Valentine’s Day to you.’’ He then dropped his head back down and was back asleep instantaneously.

When Joel arrived at the Oasis, Mindy started frantically waving. She had reserved a table for them. He sat down and looked at the plates on the table. ‘’I ordered you a toasted raisin bagel with lox and cream cheese. I got you an egg sunny side up, and an orange juice. I know you like coffee but I thought you might be better off with a cup of tea.’’ Before Joel could say anything, Mindy jumped up and grabbed the orders from the cook behind the counter. She did a great job of juggling everything. ‘’Did I miss anything Honey, is there anything else you want?’’ Joel had the word ‘’space’’ race through his brain but he didn’t say anything. ‘’This is great…

Alan J. Schwarz

Alan Schwarz loves life. He is the founder of JAMS Productions, a television production company based in Toronto . His passion is writing.