Published December 8, 2016 by rochellewisoff
PHOTO PTOMPT © Lucy Fridkin

PHOTO PROMPT © Lucy Fridkin

This is an absolute first for me! I’ve never posted a second Friday Fictioneers story. However, after reading Kent Bonham’s STOOD UP? and the ensuing comments between readers and author, it seemed to cry out for the other side of the story. Maybe it’s all those plummy Hallmark channel holiday movies, but here’s my take.

Genre: Romantic Fiction

Word Count: 100


            John came into the café at least twice a week. Julie looked forward to his wit and comfortable repartee.  

            He checked his watch for the fifth time. The disappointment in his eyes made Julie ache as she poured his water.

            “Perhaps she got hung up in traffic.”

            “Nah. Stood up again.”

            Maybe there was something she could do after all—for both of them. Heart pounding, Julie made an excuse about her shift ending and dashed to the back room to change.

            John’s mouth dropped when she returned and squeezed his hand. “Sorry, I’m late. I had to work.”


83 comments on “BLIND DATE

    • Dear Michael,

      All those hours of unrequited love on her part perhaps? Even with the other side of it there are a number of ways to read the story. I like to think that she’s been in love with him all along and doesn’t like to see him hurt. 😉 (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)



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  • The story I read was the one you suggested, Rochelle – she loves him, she’s not his real blind date, but feels sorry for him (and perhaps seizes her chance). What fun! I once wrote a story with someone where we each described the same events from the viewpoint of different protagonists. It was very revealing

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    • Dear Neil,

      I’m glad someone else saw it the way I did. I believe Julia seized her chance. 😉

      As you may remember, this past summer I re-posted two flash fictions of two sides of the same story that Doug MacIlroy and I collaborated on. It was a great experience that he referred to as “lightning in a bottle.”

      Thank you.



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    • Dear Kirizar,

      That was actually my motive for writing Julia’s side of it. Kent did say that it wasn’t necessarily his intent for her to be a heartless tease. He ran out of words. I love a happy ending even though I don’t always write them. 😉 Thank you.



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  • Dear Doris Day-O,
    As I explained to Cuzin’ Notnik, the girl was visually impaired and could have become confused or been intentionally misdirected my Ms. Julie (who apparently had been lusting over John for several months now). I sense there’s more to this than meets the eye.

    Off to CE’s blog now to see if I can locate the blind girl’s remains,
    Fester Ledbelly

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  • Bravo for you Rochelle, doing a second! You’ve certainly read enough of them!! I too was on the side of Julie being the date all along, but I like the approach you took. Either way, yes, a happy ending and a story for their kids! 😉


    • Dear Dawn,

      Since it was Cuzzin Kent I kind of expected him to welcome my input. I love the way this impromptu collaboration caused people to actually take sides. 😀 It means folks are seeing a story and not ‘writing.’ Like I said, I’ve been binge watching the Hallmark channel Christmas movies…my guilty pleasure. Always a happy ending…pretty predictable stuff. Thank you.



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