She removed six thousand notes from a stack of notes tied in a rubber band and gave it to the cashier.

“Keep that down, someone may see it and rob us,”he hissed at her pushing her hand lower into her bag.

She smiled up at him, and touched his chin. “Always taking care of us…”

The cashier coughed to catch their change. “Your change and satin madam,”he said smiling at them. “You two are so adorable.”

“Yeah?” she said smiling, “we are getting married this Saturday.”

“Congratulations to you both,” she said bidding them farewell.

They were off to pick their rings now. It was their final week as singles, and they were excited. Neither of them had realized weddings could be so tiring, but in the end, they knew it would be worth it.

“Still having that bachelor party?” she asked him casually.

“Of course, last night as a single man,”he said grinning.

“And of course Tod hired strippers….”she spoke on.

“And one especially for me,”he said cheekily. “Don’t worry, I’ll use protection.”

“And once we are married, I can have an affair with the gardener.”

“Now that’s my girl,”he said laughing. “If anyone is listening, they’ll call us mad.”

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,”she said stopping in front of him. “I love you Jimmy Mwaniki.”

“I love you too babe,”he said kissing her on the lips and dragging her to the jewelry store. They were lucky to have each other.

Mr. Pragnesh was happy to see them, their pieces were ready. They had asked for their rings to be engraved, ‘I am yours, and you are mine’. They were perfect.

As they were about to pay and collect, two men walked into the store and directly towards Lilly.

One man tried to grab her bag. She was startled.

“Hey! What do you think you’re doing? Let go!”

Jimmy tried to shove the man away when the second one pulled out a gun and shot in the air.

“Lilly, give him the bag!” shouted a worried Jim.

Then they heard the second gunshot. Commotion. The alarm.

The thugs ran out in fear. Jimmy could hear Pragnesh on the phone calling 911, calling for help. Someone had been wounded, he said, they had been robbed but nothing taken.

He looked to his right, Lilly’s bag lay on the ground, with all the money intact. He sighed.

Then he heard her cough.

“Jimmy…”she called out lifting her hand, too weak to get up.

That’s when he realized the wounded person Pragnesh spoke of was his fiance.

“Lilly,”he said rushing to hold her. The blood wound was to her chest, it looked serious. “Lilly stay with me, help is on the way.”

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you’ll never know dear, how much I love you….”

“So please don’t take my sunshine away,”he finished off, tears welling up in his eyes.

His Lilly was gone.


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