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Daphne Delaney looked to the doorway to see her assistant Cloe McBride having a mini-freakout over the floral delivery for the engagement party they were in charge of organizing. Giggling to herself, she took her time walking to the table that held the flowers and plants before they were arranged around the room. Although Daphne and Cloe had only known each other since Cloe had come to work at Daphne’s event planning business, Excellent Events and Occasions, six months ago, one of Daphne’s main sources of entertainment in life was tormenting her friend. Sometimes bordering on evil (affectionately of course), this pastime was, at times, too easy but it was great fun damn it and Daphne took pride in rattling Cloe.
"Oh my God!" exclaimed Daphne as she approached the flowers, watching Cloe panic further. "Those topiaries look amazing!"
"Are you blind in addition to being out of your mind?? They’ve got brown spots on the leaves, they’re kind of droopy, they’re too short, and-"
Laughing, Daphne cut her off saying, "They’re fine. Don’t worry so much! I can handle the spots and the droopies. As for the height, we have some flagstones in the storage room that we can use to make them a little taller. You go grab some of the stones and I’ll take care of these."
Daphne chuckled as she watched Cloe head towards the storeroom at the other end of the building. Running a quick eye around the rest of the room, Daphne made mental notes of what was finished and what yet needed done. Today’s event was more of a personal one than business. Her good friends Ella Sprunger and Duncan Murray had recently gotten engaged and Daphne was doing their engagement party. She had offered to do it for free but met with such resistance that they all compromised on doing it for cost. She had been in business for three years but had just purchased this building seven months ago.
Having formerly been a small, family owned funeral home in Libertyville, Indiana, the building was already nicely decorated and only required some minimal renovations and updating. What had been two viewing rooms, Daphne converted into two all-purpose rooms that she rented out for receptions, parties and other events. There was also a storage area in the back, basement space under most of the building and a couple of offices at the front off of the sitting area just inside the entrance. It even had an apartment on the second story that came furnished although Daphne had yet to actually use it. She still couldn’t believe her luck in acquiring the building. The previous owners, former clients actually, had won an obscenely large amount of money in the state lottery. They promptly offered to sell the building to Daphne, sold the icky funeral home stuff and retired to Italy. Their 30th wedding anniversary party had been one of the very first events that Daphne had planned after starting her business and they had kept in touch ever since.
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