Summary: Mrs. Hudson's Valentine's Day is everything she dreamed of.
Author's Note: Greenaway's Language of Flowers gives 'patience' as the meaning of the ox-eye, which is an American daisy, white with yellow centre. Also, for those who don't want to click on the link. One Night Cough Syrup contains morphine, cannabis, alcohol, and chloroform. So pretty good for a cough :) For the monthly prompt: card.
Mrs. Hudson coughed.
“I can’t rest, Doctor Watson. Bessie’s worse than I am. I had to send her home. There’s the washing-up from breakfast and lunch; there’s curtains to replace, and the fire brigade’s so wonderful but they do track in so much mud!”
“At least take some medicine.”
“I’ve no taste for brandy, sir.”
He held up a spoon and a bottle. “One Night Cough Syrup.”
The light trickling into Mrs. Hudson’s room was much brighter than morning-light.
She sat up.
A bouquet of white-and-yellow daisies and a card sat on the bedside table.
“’For our most beloved on the day of love,’” she read. “No! That would mean I’ve missed a whole day!” She jumped out of bed, threw on her dressing gown, and ran to the kitchen.
It was clean, every pot and pan, scrubbed and shining.
“SURPRISE! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!”
“Gentlemen! Oh, heavens!”
Her skin warmed; she dropped her head, catching sight of the stairs.
The mud was gone.
“And the curtains are replaced as well,” said Doctor Watson.
“And once you dress, you and your sister will be escorted to Simpson’s for lunch,” said Mister Holmes.
“And we will be taking care of ourselves.”
“And not destroying anything for the rest of the day.”
She beamed. “And my cough is so much better!”