A shortish story!

for Sadje’s What do you See prompt #101




what-do-you-see-from-lunasonline-3‘Meet me at the clock tower at eight-thirty she said, ‘and we’ll grab something to eat, there’s a nice place just around the corner’. 

I wasn’t going to turn that offer down!  I couldn’t wait to tell my mate, he’d be so jealous!

Though I say it myself I looked pretty cool!  My cleanest tee shirt, fairly clean jeans; I even rinsed my trainers under the tap.  I combed my hair and sprayed myself with some air freshener and set off.

I got there at eight-twenty.  I was so excited! 

I needed a plan of action for when she arrived.  Should I shake her hand or give her a high five?  I could give her a kiss on the cheek but that might seem a bit forward.  I decided to let her make the first move.

By eight-forty she hadn’t arrived.  I told myself she was being fashionably late!  I was so hungry, my tummy started rumbling.  I wouldn’t want her to hear that!

Eight-fifty, she still wasn’t there.  Nine o’clock, no sign of her.  She wasn’t coming, was she?  I was devastated. I wandered off down the street and headed home.

There wasn’t much on the telly that night.  I watched part of an old episode of Friends and it made me feel even more dejected.  The ten o’clock news came on, usual dreary stuff.  Then my phone rang.  I almost didn’t answer it, I wasn’t up for chatting,  but I did and guess who it was?  It was her!

‘Where were you?’  she said.

‘I was there’,  I said,  ‘where were you?  I was so looking forward to our breakfast’.

‘Breakfast?’  she shouted, ‘I was meeting you eight-thirty this evening for a pizza, not eight-thirty this morning for toast and marmalade you dope!’ 

I’ve not heard from her since.


Image credit: Maksym Harbar @Unsplash



28 thoughts on “A shortish story!

  1. Sadje Sep 27, 2021 / 13:48

    Oops! Plans foiled so early in the relationship. Great story Keith. Thanks for joining in

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  2. WildChild47 Sep 27, 2021 / 19:48

    I combed my hair and sprayed myself with some air freshener and set off.

    Okay, you had me right there – at “air freshener” – which led me into hysterical laughter. An eager beaver doesn’t always get the worm! 😂

    I loved the feel of this piece – you could sense the excitement and anticipation – absolutely fun to read, even understanding the outcome was going to be disappointing!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Sep 28, 2021 / 16:33

      I did once inadvertently spray myself with air freshener thinking it was body spray, and it didn’t smell at all bad! I’m so pleased you laughed along with it, thank you.

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      • WildChild47 Sep 30, 2021 / 20:12

        I can believe it Keith – and you know, you lucked out, clearly, because some of those air fresheners are horrible, but, if in a pinch 😉

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  3. pensitivity101 Sep 27, 2021 / 21:24

    oops. I remember my friends were due to meet us at a pub once…….. the thing was there were two pubs of the same name, one at each end of the village!!

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  4. Melanie B Cee Sep 28, 2021 / 18:19

    What a great take on that photo! I’ve actually had that happen once to me. Sans the air freshener of course. O_o Odd. Now that I think of it that dude never heard from me again either…. 😄

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    • Keith's Ramblings Sep 29, 2021 / 15:11

      I was wondering as I wrote it if it had ever actually happened – and it seems it has! Cheers Melanie.


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