Caught Staring

He walked across the room and heads turned.  I can’t say I wasn’t affected by his bewitching good looks, I looked too.  I sat at a table in the back waiting for my date.  I began to watch his moves with interest.

He went to the bar and laughed at something he or the bartender said.  He had the kind of a smile you couldn’t help but return.  I wished I was closer so I could hear his laugh.  The bartender handed him his drink and waved off his payment pointing to a woman at the end of the bar.  He smiled and started her way.  I suddenly found myself envious.

The woman had a regal beauty about her.  She was the kind of woman this man would like to have on his arm I guessed.  But while he was talking to her, he still seemed to be scanning the room.  And almost as quickly as it had started, he ended the conversation with her.

He walked to the near side of the bar towards the back.  There were only about four or five tables in this area, all but mine filled with couples.  Before I realized what I was doing, his eyes met mine and I was caught staring.  I instantly blushed and dropped my gaze.  When I thought enough time had pasted that his gaze would be off me, I looked up again.

I was stunned to find him walking to my table.  I was so embarrassed and worried my date would show up and see him here and then turn around and walk out; that was just my kind of luck.  I began to look towards the door, it was still about ten minutes early to when he was supposed to meet me.  Maybe there was still time for me to keep my date.

I cleared the lump in my throat and started to say something when he asked, “Are you Leslie?”

I about fell out of my seat, was this my childhood friend I hadn’t seen for thirty years?  I stammered out a “Yes.” He smiled and said, “Don’t you recognize me?”

I began to see the same mischievous look that my friend had and I asked, “Is that really you Dan?”

He laughed and the sound warmed my heart.  He had a very distinctive laugh that had not changed at all.  I stood up and threw my arms around him.  Now it was time for all the other ladies in the bar to look at me envious.  This was my Dan and tonight would be more fun than I knew.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – bewitching

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A Beam of Light in a Darkened Existence

She felt alone so much of the time

Ignored by those who said they cared

She sat in the dark replaying another day

A day trapped behind four walls

But then a voice from her past

Came back to her briefly

A series of texts from an old friend

Brought back the sound of his voice

And some feelings that had never left

Overjoyed by the thought of seeing him

The thoughts broke through her darkened night

Giving her hope for a connection

A way out of this choking loneliness

If only for a few hours


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – overjoyed

Happy and Grateful – Day 131 and 132

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

The last two days were beautiful as far as the weather goes.  I was able to walk to my doctor’s appointment and sit in my chair next to the sliding glass door and hear the birds chirping.  The landscape crew here at the apartment was out laying new mulch around the bushes though so it wasn’t all peace and quiet.

Today was Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and I feel I was fully aware today.  This week with my boyfriend off of work has caught up to me.  The late nights playing cards, watching some shows on demand, and just running a lot more errands was fun but fibro definitely wanted to remind me it was still here.  I napped both days and just felt like I had half power levels almost all day today.

But there are always good things among the bad, always something to make me smile.  Yesterday it had to be the butterfly I saw on the way to the doctor’s appointment.  Only caught a glimpse of him, but he was flying around some flowers there at the clinic.  And today it was seeing an old friend I used to work with when we stopped to indulge at the local Dairy Queen.  Her little girl is now 3 years old and she had just found out she was pregnant the last I knew… time sure flies.

I was happy to see the wonders of nature and grateful to be reunited with a familiar face.  There is always something worthwhile in the day someplace or another.  Don’t forget to look for it!