The Nearly Man – Friday Fictioneers, November 2021

Copyright Roger Bultot

Still searching for her, he senses the skyscrapers looming over the street.

He’d almost landed a job there once… shortlisted, but came in second.  He’d set his heart on these bijoux residences too but couldn’t quite afford the deposit without that job.

He knows she’s around here, he spotted her from the top deck of the No 24 bus, leapt off, but just lost sight of her … by seconds.

He’d almost proposed to her once, bought the ring and everything.   

But she found someone else.

Someone not so… nearly as he, she’d said.

He wasn’t entirely sure what she meant.

This time next week December (and winter, officially) will be upon us. Not wishing my life away, of course… Many thanks to Rochelle for her continued leadership of Friday Fictioneers, and congratulations on 50 years of marriage. 🙂

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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48 Responses to The Nearly Man – Friday Fictioneers, November 2021

  1. Dear Sandra,

    Poor guy. Love the title. He’s always nearly but not quite enough. Well done.




  2. neilmacdon says:

    Loved this, Sandra. A brutal logic on her part.


  3. Indira says:

    I’m also not sure what does she mean, dear Sandra.


  4. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit says:

    C’est la vie…c’est la vie, but his is marked…nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong…but someone has to lose…


  5. elmowrites says:

    Ouch! What a wonderful insult she gave him – a chance to learn perhaps, which it doesn’t look like he took. I love the way you weave almost into the story so smoothly, it builds subtly but inevitably to her words.


  6. michael1148humphris says:

    I feel for both characters, it sounds that both of them slipped up in some way


  7. GHLearner says:

    Oh, poor guy. She’s not a great loss though by the looks of it. Don’t we all have dreams we can’t fulfill?


  8. Anita says:

    Poor man. True love is hard to forget.
    Somehow, I remember the lyrics of the Celine Dion song from Titanic movie-
    “Near, far, wherever we are.. my heart will go on”


  9. I hope he gets his love soon. Lovely tale.


  10. pennygadd51 says:

    You’re back firing on all cylinders again – hooray! Super story, Sandra.


  11. dorahak says:

    Grim tale of “almost” getting there, but not quite. Lovely writing, Sandra.


  12. Dale says:

    Some people spend their lives believing what could have been…Her cryptic comment ensures that he never stops, either. You do have such a wonderful way with words, Sandra.


  13. Bill says:

    Nicely done, Sandra. Why is unrequited love the theme of so many wonderful songs and stories? Humans! 🙂


  14. So near and yet so far – a sad story.


  15. James McEwan says:

    There is an endless hope in the story and the sentiments are clear.


  16. A series of disappointments, one after another. Sad.


  17. Vartika says:

    Sad story.. nicely done Sandra


  18. Oh dear. I feel sorry for him, but it does sound as if he wasn’t really helping himself much. It never does to dwell on missed chances, he should have found other opportunities not to be so ‘nearly’ about things.

    On the other hand, she does sound a tad cruel, maybe it’s a good thing he just missed her again!


  19. draliman says:

    Poor guy, destined to always be second place.


  20. plaridel says:

    he must learn to move on. like they, there are a lot fishes in the sea. 🙂


  21. ahtdoucette says:

    I definitely get what she means here. He really needs to move on and stop dwelling on all those “nearly” moments. Great story, Sandra.


  22. Bear says:

    Oh, what a story. Poor gentleman. Gotta hate that “classism” … humans always have to judge each other, and so very cruelly.


  23. Poor guy 😦 Hopefully he went on to meeting someone who realized he was enough.


  24. Yes, i feel for both characters, nearly (pun intended!).


  25. YI get a clear sense of ‘nearly man, fatally dithering and then disappointed, could be annoying.
    Subtle story Sandra,


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