(UPDATE: This week's free story has now been removed, though I'm keeping the post up to save the comments. Thank you to all who have viewed and commented on this tale. - Tabitha)
Here's my Valentine's Day free tale, a week late. I wrote this pretty much in one go, and it ended up taking a very different turn from my original idea, but hopefully you'll still enjoy it.
Anyway, it could probably do with a major rewrite, but as is, I'm pretty happy with the end result. It's almost cute, by my standards, which is oddly appropriate giving the holiday theme.
The new story is after the break, as usual.