Comparing notes

Sadje hosts the What Do You See photo challenge. You can find out more and how to join in here
This week our image is from Gemma Chua–Tran @Unsplash
For the visually challenged reader, the image shows four women standing together and laughing. They all are from different ethnicities.

The girls had met purely by chance, but their friendship had blossomed despite their differences as they’d all had one thing in common.
It was uncanny in a way, but it turned out they had all dated the same guy.
Speed dating was just coming into its own but after a disastrous first and only meeting, they’d entered the bar for a drink and shared a table. The conversation between them just escalated and they soon discovered they’d all joined the same dating agency that year and been sent details of ‘James’.
Over lager, a G&T, white wine and pineapple juice, they reminisced about James and their prospective dates with him.
There was a lot of hilarity about where they went as each first date was the same, apart from the participating female.
Georgina had left him sitting at the table as he’d taken a call from another woman half way through the first course of their meal.
Chrissy had had a bit more luck and actually made it to two dates, but he had been far from a gentleman on their second, and she kicked him into touch.
Melody had seen him four times over the course of a fortnight and was quite keen on taking their relationship to the next level. That was until she saw him at the bus stop in a clinch with someone else.
Patty was larger than life in more ways than one, and she’d turned the tables on James.
She said she gave him enough rope to hang himself, but he’d done more than that, ‘practically skipping with it’, she’d laughed as she’d tolerated the phone call at the table on date one,  put him off the innuendo of the second by saying it was ‘that time of the month’ and enjoyed the popcorn but not the film on the third. He stood her up on the fourth but was full of apologies, flowers and chocolates for a fifth which she accepted with grace and good humour.
It was her birthday the following week and he gave her a beautiful card.
‘Who’s Deidre?’ she’d asked. She’d already noticed something else but kept quiet.
He went white, started to stammer about a sister and that he’d got confused about the date.
Taking his left hand in hers, she smiled and removed the ring from his wedding finger. The inscription read  ‘James and Deidre, 18.02.2009’.
She produced the dating printout which showed him as an only child and single.
She didn’t see him again.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to Comparing notes

  1. That James was a real dirt bag.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Brutal!! I love how the women all came to the same conclusion!

  3. Sadje says:

    Great spin on this image Di. Loved the details you’ve given to each encounter. Thanks for joining in. I’ll make sure I’m linking it to your post. 😍

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Cheating toad!! ☺️☺️💜

  5. Haha. They should get together and teach James a lesson he’ll never forget!

  6. Chris Hall says:

    Your story perfectly matches the picture, Di! – well done to those sassy girls!!

  7. Carol anne says:

    Lol! Good thinking on her part! ❤ what a jerk he turned out to be!

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