He kept talking. He droned on and on. After a while he just began to sound like all the adults in a Peanuts cartoon. She felt this was one of the worst dates yet. Part of it was her though. She still compared them all in her mind to him.
John had been the one who opened her mind up to all sorts of possibilities. He had said she would be his and she fell for him hard. Problem was it wasn’t true. When the chance for more presented itself he just told her she was a friend. Heartbroken she tried to go on and forget the physical attraction and just focus on the friendship. Even when he ended up hundreds of miles away, she still couldn’t shake the feeling he was her soul mate.
“Are you ready to go dancing Teresa?” he said interrupting her thoughts.
“Actually, I think I should call it a night. I feel a migraine coming on and I’d like to take my meds before it gets worse.”
“Let me drive you home at least. I have had a wonderful time and hate to see it end.”
A wonderful time? It had been a night filled with a never-ending stream of words from him, she barely got a word in. She tried to come up with a reason not to have him drive her home but came up empty. “Alright.”
They arrived at her home and she thanked him for the ride and hurried inside before he had a chance to say anything else.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – drone
She could only see his profile but there was something familiar about him. She looked far too long at him and as if he sensed her staring, he turned to look at her. She gasped in shock when she saw him head on. It was a friend from her past. One who had helped her through a very difficult time, when she separated from her husband and filed for divorce.
A sudden look of recognition showed on his face and she knew he remembered her. She had always wondered what had happened to him Now was her chance to reconnect with him. They had once been so close she thought of him as a baby brother.
She started walking towards him trying to not show how excited she was to see him again… she didn’t want to scare him off. She got close enough to extend a hand and he shook it. “Long time no see Sara.”
“A long time indeed. I have missed you. What are you up to these days?”
He began to fill her in on his life and she felt so at home next to him. She wondered if he would ever realize how much his friendship had helped her back then. An open ear to talk to and a hand to hold onto for a little strength.
They sat at their table in the bar and talked for over an hour when he said he had to leave.
“Oh, Dave it has been so good to talk to you. Please let’s not make it another 2 years before we talk again. She stood up with him and gave him a long embrace.
He pulled out of the hug and told her, “Call me, we should do dinner sometime.”
“I would love that.”
She sighed as he walked out the door and she hoped it would not be the last she saw of him.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – profile
Life is not like a fairytale
There is no noble prince
To swoop in and save the day
When I am in distress
And there is not a trace
Of anything royal in my blood
That entitles me to riches
But I love where I come from
And I am strong enough
to save myself
living on a budget gets me by
but most of all
I am rich in friendship and love
And that is worth more than
Any gold and jewels
Witten for Fandango’s 100th One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – royal