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• Blackberries were the fruit of choice because of their brambles and because they're a dark, tart berry as opposed to the more traditional Valentine's Day fruits, strawberries and red raspberries. 

• I picked chef/restaurant owner and florist for their occupations because of how closely those industries are tied to the commercialization of Valentine's Day. It is, generally speaking, one of the top three busiest days of the year—if not the busiest day. 

• While this story was originally for the Anti-Valentine anthology, I, myself, truly hate Valentine's Day as well. Aaron and I are very much in agreement. 

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