A fifty- second story

for Friday Fictioneers



His dating-app profile was incredible. A bon vivant, a ravishing romantic.

Meet me beneath the bridge, he said. ‘Underneath the arches’ played in her mind, it sounded enchanting.

We’ll dine together he said. She imagined clinking champagne glasses as dapper waiters attended their every need.

She looked amazing, her dress, her makeup, her perfume chosen to allure. 

She followed the directions on her phone, her heart all aflutter.


A train thundered overhead as she arrived at the ugly iron overpass. Someone shouted ‘oy’. There he was, in scruffy jeans and a hoodie leaning against the wall of a tatty cafe. 

About turn!



00Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Ted Strutz for the photo prompt.

Poke a Froggie to join in the fun!


47 thoughts on “A fifty- second story

  1. rochellewisoff Apr 27, 2022 / 13:48

    Dear Keith,

    You can’t trust those dating apps, can you? I’d be about turning, too. Good one.



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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 27, 2022 / 17:40

      So I’m told, Rochelle! Not something I’ll be trying myself anytime soon!


  2. Michael Apr 27, 2022 / 15:11

    Perhaps he has had a lucky escape

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  3. (Gypsie) Ami Offenbacher-Ferris Apr 27, 2022 / 15:12

    Having been on several dating apps for the past few years – I can certainly emphasize! You aren’t far from the truth! Well written and spot on Keith! 😊

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  4. Iain Kelly Apr 27, 2022 / 16:58

    What a let down! Although maybe he had a certain charm? Perhaps she should have given him a bit of a chance! 🙂

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  5. Sascha Darlington Apr 27, 2022 / 21:09

    lol . . . as I was reading I was expecting her to end up at McDonald’s so I guess it’s about the same thing. 🙂

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  6. msjadeli Apr 27, 2022 / 23:03

    I knew where this was headed and it made your story all the funnier.

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  7. Margaret Apr 28, 2022 / 01:41

    What a letdown. I like the contrasts you’ve got here – the romantic song in her head and his ‘Oy!’ Her careful dressing and his tatters. Wonderful.

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  8. Christine Goodnough Apr 28, 2022 / 22:46

    Well told, with such options left for us to ponder. Did he at a glance see that she had expensive tastes he could never satisfy? Was he glad he was saved from calling it off? Or maybe he was really a handsome prince disguised as a frog just to see if she’d look for the real man beneath? She’ll never know. 😉

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  9. notestowomen Apr 28, 2022 / 23:16

    This was hilarious, Keith. I would do an about turn too. And as usual, love the froggies 🙂


  10. Rowena Apr 29, 2022 / 12:36

    How many opportunities have we lost because we’ve judged by appearances? I am guilty of this too, especially when I was a young person dating. Great story Keith, and the frogs were just fabulous.
    Best wishes,


  11. GHLearner Apr 29, 2022 / 15:02

    I was expecting something like that and chuckled all the way. Reality and cyberspace are not compatible.


  12. pennygadd51 Apr 30, 2022 / 10:36

    Nice take on the prompt, Keith. Looking at the neighbourhood, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have turned round earlier!

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  13. Bill May 1, 2022 / 10:24

    Another fine story for the books, Keith. But this lad is giving dating apps a bad name. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Lynn Love May 1, 2022 / 14:14

    Ha! I think she should sue – she was definitely mis-sold this date! Nicely done, Keith

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  15. Alana May 2, 2022 / 00:08

    Although I know someone who met her partner on a dating app (they’ve been married 10 years now, with three children), I’d be so hesitant to use one. Does anyone even tell the truth on these? Nice take on the prompt. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my A to Z blog.

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