In Corbin’s Bend Valentine’s Day

isn’t always hearts and flowers.













Valentine’s Surprise by Constance Masters

Erin and Zach have had a busy but happy year. The handsome elementary teacher is over the moon that his wife now has friends of her own to spend time with but, he’s feeling the need to have her all to himself for a while. Valentines Day is looming and an idea begins to seed. A surprise camping trip seems like just the way to reconnect.

Erin is beside herself when Diana lets it slip that Zach has asked her to mind the girls for the weekend. She can only imagine what he has planned. A hotel in the city maybe? A weekend cruise? Possibly even a trip to Vegas. She’d always wanted to go to vegas. Even better than all that, what if they were going to a luxury ski lodge?

What will Erin  make of the borrowed RV that is her big surprise? Will the surprise be the best she’s ever gotten? Or will this particular white elephant gift go down as the worst Valentine’s Day gift in the history of bad gifts?


Zach has a surprise in store for Erin for Valentine’s Day. She’s so excited she can barely stand it.

Erin sighed. This, would be a Valentine’s Day to remember.

“I’m home!” Zach called.

Damn, she hadn’t packed a single thing, and Zach had already dropped the girls off at Diana and Rick’s house. “I’m in here.” She winced when Zach stared at the empty suitcase open mouthed.


“Uh huh,” he said. “What have you been doing?”

“Fantasizing,” she admitted with a grin. “I’m just so excited. This is the most romantic thing I think you’ve ever done for me. For us.”

“Well, thank you.” Zach’s face flushed with what appeared to be pride. He rustled around in the closet and brought out one of his oldest and widest ties. “Come over here,” he said.

“Really?” Erin smiled as he held out the ugly fabric that he’d once used for a costume party. “You don’t want to save that for when we get to where we are going?”

“Nope,” Zach said. “I want to lead you outside so you can see the biggest part of your surprise.”

Erin jumped up and hurried over to her husband, turning so he could cover her eyes. “This is so exciting! What kind of surprise could be waiting outside?”

“You have to wait and see.”

“Couldn’t you just give me a little hint?”

“You really are a nosey little girl sometimes aren’t you? All right, the surprise has to do with our mode of transportation.”

“Oh really!” she said with a grin. Could he have actually got them a limo? Imagine all the curtains moving as they drove down Spanking Loop and out of Corbin’s Bend in style. She wondered if Zach would have the driver take them past Diana’s house so the girls could see. It would only take a minute to call and let them know.

“Now no peeking.”

“I won’t. I don’t want to ruin the surprise either.”

“Good girl.”

“Wait. Shouldn’t we pack first?”

“We’ll come inside and do that after the big reveal.”

“Fine by me.” She could understand that he was too excited to wait. It would seem a little rude if there happened to be a driver who was going to be sitting out there in the cold. She took a deep breath. She needed to make an effort not to get ahead of herself. Zach probably just wanted to show her some skis or something as a hint to where they were going. Whoops! She stumbled.  Lucky her husband had a firm grip on her arm or she may have fallen flat on her face.

“Stop trying to guess silly. You nearly fell over.”

She heard the door open and felt the icy breeze on her face.

“Nearly there.”

“Is it all the way outside?” She allowed Zach to lead her down the icy path.

“I’m afraid so.” Zach stopped and moved her hair away from the knotted tie.

She could feel his hands painstakingly undoing the knot. He could be so pedantic about things. “I could just rip it off,” she said helpfully.

“Now where would be the fun in that? You don’t like a little anticipation?”

“Patience is not really my thing.” The fun of a surprise was finding out what it was. That was what she was interested in.

“I’ve noticed that.”

His hand suddenly bounced off her jeans leaving a delicious warm spot on her bottom. “Please, pretty please, take it off?” Her tummy tingled with excitement.


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