A shortish story …

for Sadje’s What Do You See? photo prompt


I came over all romantic last night. Don’t laugh, it happens sometimes! Unfortunately, I had no one to share the moment with, but that’s something I’m used to. Anyway, I decided to watch a romantic movie by candlelight, open a bottle of plonk and tickle my tastebuds with a packet of salt and vinegar crisps.

My goodness, it was good! A bit naughty though! I’d forgotten what fun courting was. 

Just as something passionate was about to take place (I’ll leave it to your imagination) I heard a rustling sound coming from the hallway. 

I let out a mild expletive as I fumbled with the remote control thingamajig in an attempt to halt the action. The movie went backwards and forwards, fast and slow until it finally halted at an image of Romeo’s somewhat hairy bottom!

Candle in hand I headed out to the hall only to find a piece of paper on my doormat. I initially assumed it to be a leaflet from Domino Pizza or something, I get a lot of those, but no, it was a handwritten note. 

I went back to the lounge, sat back in my chair and started reading it by the light of a flickering flame. 

It was a love letter – don’t scoff, it was! It was from a secret admirer, someone who claimed to know me but had never plucked up the courage to ask me on a date. I won’t go into the details of what it said, that would be a bit embarrassing, but suffice it to say, it was more romantic than the movie. Who was it from I wondered.

I leaned closer to the candle in an attempt to read the signature. Unfortunately, I got a bit too close and the note caught fire!

I extinguished the mini-inferno with my glass of wine, a bad move as it was red and my shirt was white.

Your name had gone up in smoke, so, whoever you are, please get in touch. Let me take you for a meal, there’s a nice Mcdonald’s around the corner. 



Image credit; Leighann Blackwood @ Unsplash

36 thoughts on “A shortish story …

  1. Sadje Mar 13, 2023 / 15:40

    Excellent story Keith. I hope he finds his secret admirer. Thanks for joining in.


  2. Mason Bushell Mar 13, 2023 / 16:03

    Great story, Keith. Not sure even a three-course Macdonalds will get the job done though!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 13, 2023 / 17:32

      Cheers, Mason. She’s asking me for a date, at least I’m not expecting her to buy me a gourmet meal!

      Liked by 4 people

  3. poetisatinta Mar 13, 2023 / 16:41

    Haha, 😊 love your story Keith, hope you drop lucky….although I’m not sure she will be too impressed with a MacDonalds! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nicole Horlings Mar 14, 2023 / 17:16

    Humorous story, Keith. I wonder if one of the McDonald’s employees would be willing to spread rose petals over a table in advance for you? Hopefully said petal strewn table wouldn’t be snatched up by a random family with little kids.


  5. Indira Mar 17, 2023 / 03:13

    How lucky you are (sigh), Keith. Be grateful, very few get this kind of chaser/admirer.

    Liked by 1 person

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