A widow gifted her cottage to local abbey with one condition - she must be paid a single red rose as rent each year, for as long as she lives. For 50 years, the monks of St. Aloysius Abbey have sent one of their order on an annual task to deliver the rose. This year, the chosen monk seeks to learn the secret of the rose rent. A short story for mature readers by Keith B. Darrell. 2,658 words.