The Good Listener – Friday Fictioneers, July 2022

Copyright Fleur Lind

If he saw me at all, it was only through an up-turned wine- glass.

In truth, I was just a listening head.  And even then, his eyes would drift, scanning for a wider audience. 

He probably told himself my silence was an excuse to resume circulating, when in reality it was a reason to stay.  Because listening isn’t the same as waiting for your turn to talk, and that’s why he kept gravitating back to me.  Because I listened.

By midnight I knew everything about him, while he scarcely remembered my name.

Until it appeared on the by-line.

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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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33 Responses to The Good Listener – Friday Fictioneers, July 2022

  1. neilmacdon says:

    At least he got a little ego-preening out of it, before the ego-pruning. Nicely done as always, Sandra


  2. michael1148humphris says:

    There is a lesson to be learned here, always appreciated those who listen and try and reciprocate

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Dear Sandra,

    And oh, what she must’ve learned by listening. I daresay he’ll remember her name after reading. 😉 There’s a lot to be said for a good listener…particularly one who happens to be a reporter. Good one. Glad to see you this week.




  4. Sue says:

    Ah, be sure you take note of who’s listening….


  5. Anita says:

    Listening pays.
    It sure was an interesting story/report!
    Maybe he wouldn’t have even remembered that he had shared it with someone 🙂


  6. granonine says:

    We’re having a long hot spell too, here in PA, but our thunderstorm two nights ago did NOT reduce our temperatures or last long enough to do any real good. Some people like it hot. Not me.

    Anyway, I love what you did with this prompt. I haven’t started writing yet, having trouble getting a good idea. Yours was inspiring 🙂


    • Sandra says:

      I’m sure inspiration will come, Linda. Yes, I’m not a fan of hot weather but I can cope better than some. It helps if you don’t have any commitments and can just sit it out. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Dale says:

    How true is this? “Because listening isn’t the same as waiting for your turn to talk,”
    And hey, a writer has to get her inspiration somewhere, doesn’t she? Brilliant take on the prompt…Hmmm… I might play after all…

    Liked by 1 person

  8. trentpmcd says:

    Need to be careful who you say what to, but I assume that is a lesson he will never learn, no matter how many times he is burnt…


  9. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m sure someone said the best writers were good listeners. You must be one yourself, Sandra.


  10. authorfleurl says:

    💯 ‘listening isn’t the same as waiting for your turn to talk.’. I think listening is a powerful skill to have. Nicely written!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. plaridel says:

    it pays to be a good listener when you’re a writer. you’ll never run out of stories to tell. 🙂


  12. Forestwood says:

    So many folks think a conversation is about turn-taking and forget listening is important. You told this so well.


  13. GHLearner says:

    It’s always dangerous to be too much in love with your own voice. Brilliant story.


  14. Someone once said we have mouths that close and ears that don’t, that must tell us something!


  15. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

    Very nicely done.


  16. Bill says:

    Oh, yes. Them pen was mighty and wine provided the lube. A very clever and humorous story, Sandra.
    May you (we) find long term relief from the unrelenting heat soon. But, I fear more to come.


  17. msjadeli says:

    Great line: “By midnight I knew everything about him, while he scarcely remembered my name.” I think a lot of celebrities feel they are performing even when they aren’t. They forget that real life isn’t a unidirectional reading of a script.


  18. James McEwan says:

    This is almost played out at many occasions, where some people prefer to talk and although they hear you, they just don’t listen. May as well not bother.


  19. draliman says:

    Just let ’em talk, amazing what you can find out…


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