Tinder – Friday Fictioneers, January 2022

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff Fields

3030, 3031, 3032…right, that’s the green tiles counted, now for the yellow.

Janice is feeling uncomfortable.  People are staring, guessing she’s been stood up. 

What if he’s already turned up, bolted when he saw me.  Maybe I went overboard with photoshop.  But you’d think people would look below the surface… want to find the real person.  That’s what’s wrong with people today, so superficial.

2099, 3000, 3001…yellow tiles counted.  Now what…

She spots a gangling Goth heading towards her, all teeth, and glasses. 

Jesus wept, surely not…

“Are you Janice?” he says hopefully.

“Nope” she says, gathering her things, “I’m Elizabeth.”

Lovely photo this week from Rochelle, the leader of our happy band of Friday Fictioneers. Epic week for me, presented my runner-up story Reasonable Access in the Kimberley Memorial Writing Competition, in front of 50 or more people in Castle Carey, Somerset. Soooo not my scene that…

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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26 Responses to Tinder – Friday Fictioneers, January 2022

  1. Tannille says:

    Modern dating is sooo shallow… and mean…


  2. neilmacdon says:

    Oh, the irony of it! Nicely done, Sandra


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    That made me laugh, and feel grateful my dating days were before online dating apps were invented!


  4. michael1148humphris says:

    I like your use of the prompt, it’s a same that they did not get together, it might have led to a great story


  5. Dear Sandra,

    How quickly that shoe changed feet. 😉 You made me laugh. Well done.




  6. Danny James says:

    A wise decision to leave.


  7. Vartika says:

    Last moment change of plans 😀.. nicely done


  8. Dale says:

    Oh man… in 100 words you brought me back to my Tinder days. No thanks. Never again. Prefer to remain single than have to go through all those rituals again! Well done!


  9. trentpmcd says:

    lol, great depth of character to explore. Ont he other hand, I’m sure she would have been a little more open minded if he was on time…


  10. Anita says:

    Great she didn’t disclose her name.
    The person does not value her time!


  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Ha! No qualms about hypocrisy when confronted by an unsuitable partner! Nicely written, Sandra – I liked the way you used the tiles to show how slowly the time seemed to drag.


  12. granonine says:

    Loved this. Guess she wasn’t taking her own advice 🙂


  13. Bill says:

    A story about a world of which I know nothing. Well done, Sandra.


  14. Nicely swerved, Janice! Bring back Lonely Hearts columns in local newspapers I say!


  15. ahtdoucette says:

    The only thing worse than being stood up altogether. Too funny. Thanks for making me grin and for another good one.


  16. Liz Young says:

    People really should use a realistic photo!


  17. James McEwan says:

    I had to laugh at her hypocrisy. However, The goth may only have turned to convey a message, since he did not recognise her from the photoshop pictures. She was taking no chances.


  18. GHLearner says:

    I am so not sorry for her, what a hypocrite. Do these dating sites even ever produce happy couples?


  19. msjadeli says:

    Human nature, half pathetic, half humorous. Wonderful epitomy of it in your story, Sandra.


  20. Margaret says:

    Ha! So funny. I love the ‘gangling Goth,… all teeth, and glasses’. Great description that says it all. No wonder Janice ran. I hope she has better luck next date.


  21. jillyfunnell says:

    Great story, Sandra. I really felt for Janice, counting the tiles. There is a kind of exhilaration in being able to jump up and leave but the disappointment’s still there, since she’s obviously up for meeting a new man.


  22. draliman says:

    Ha, a nice little turnaround!


  23. plaridel says:

    good for her. he could be the ax murderer on the loose. 🙂


  24. i b arora says:

    now who is interested in real person?


  25. notestowomen says:

    I guess she didn’t want to look beneath the surface and find the real person.


  26. Awww … I feel bad for him. He won’t ever know what happened to his date.
    He may have had a teriffic personality. Dating is a wicked game now-a-days.
    Good one, Sandra. Have a wonderful week …
    Isadora 😎


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