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The Dating Chronicles

Suspicions

When Brad’s phone rang and he answered it, Carol was in his kitchen cooking his favorite meal.  She was also reveling in the fact that she didn’t have the same problems her other girlfriends had with the men in their lives.  She knew Brad loved her and she trusted him implicitly.  When she was over his house and the phone rang, she didn’t flinch in nervous suspicion like her friend, Candy.  She laughed out loud as she thought about her and how she would have stopped cooking to go stand at the door to eavesdrop on her boyfriend Sam.   Carol knew she didn’t have to worry about Brad because she knew Brad was thrilled to be with her, because of what she brought to the table.  She was not only a woman of means, but she was attractive and knew how to treat a man.    MORE


The Surprise

July 16, 2018

Gena was sorry she had answered the door when she saw Shawn standing there.  Her friend Shawn had stopped by unexpectedly to visit and Gena was expecting her boyfriend, Nate.  She didn’t want Shawn there and she didn’t know how to get rid of her.  They hadn’t spoken in three months, because of a serious disagreement, and now Shawn was coming over to apologize.  It wasn’t that Gena was concerned about being alone with her boyfriend.  Her problem was that Shawn was beautiful and she was convinced that Shawn would distract his attention from her.   MORE


And The

Winner Is…

July 10, 2018

Sam was home and in his usual state of bewilderment.  He was in the mood for female company, but he couldn’t make up his mind about who he wanted to be with.  It was the weekend and his phone rang intermittently throughout the day, but he hadn’t answered it.  He knew at least two of the callers were Sheryl, but he had grown tired of her, and Amy, whose pleas to get married had fallen on deaf ears.  He thought about calling Stacy, but changed his mind.  They had been dating off and on for over two years, but Stacy’s weight and size had always plagued him.  Yet, she was the most exciting of all the women he dated.  As his mind fought the urge to call her, he thought of the many times he’d been embarrassed to be seen out with her, because she was the opposite of his ideal.   MORE


Beyond Words

July 6, 2018

Joe wasn’t good with words or women. When he did speak, he usually said yes, when he should have said no. In his world, women held the power and it was common for him to do whatever was required to gain favor for the moment.  For every woman he had ever known, he was there when no one was there and he cared when no one else cared.  He knew that his time only came with them when there was no one else around to compete for their affection.  MORE


A Change

Of Taste

July 2, 2018

Mark couldn’t make up his mind, as he stood watching the table where five women sat engaged in animated chatter, laughing in sync with the comedian’s jokes.  From across the room, he did his usual calculations, as he considered them all, in his search for one.  He could tell that the least attractive one was the most approachable.  She was looking around the room, smiling at men only.  The prettiest one had a distinct air that signaled to all men of generic status that they had to be name brand to approach her.  She had what he called “a snob shield.”   MORE


The Wrong

Impression…

June 28, 2018

Tom was suspicious, but he didn’t say anything.  He had met Donna shortly after his divorce.  His experience with marriage had been a bad one and the pain of betrayal had driven him to bury his emotions so deep as to never see light again.  Then he met Donna, whose spirit wiggled its way into the caverns of his heart and he was again a slave to love and all it called for.   MORE


The Perfect Exit

June 26, 2018

Sandy was trying not to look bored, but she was about to go to sleep over candlelight.  She had been listening to her date expound about his accomplishments, his importance in the community and his many admirers.  She shook her head in sad regret, when he asked the waiter if he had ever heard of him.  This was their first date, and Sandy’s fourth blind date in a row.  She had been a social recluse since a bad breakup eight months before, but had decided to try the dating scene again with the insistence of friends.    MORE


The Party

Rod…

June 21, 2018

Rod had seen Donna when she entered the party.  He had come in hopes that she might be there.  It was an annual party that she never missed, but he was unprepared for the large lump that came up in his throat and the soft punch that dropped in his stomach.  His hands shook as he walked toward the bar.  She was talking to another woman.  He relaxed from the inside as he watched her greet others warmly.  MORE


The Ring

June 15, 2018

Mel stood quietly listening at the door.  There was no sound coming from the other side. He knocked again for the last time and turned away angry.  Angie had done it t again.  She had promised to wait for him, but she had not.  As he started down the stairs with his head bent in disgust.  He fingered the ring box in his pocket and made a decision to return it.  Suddenly he felt defeated.  He was tired of the chase and the uncertainty in the relationship with Angie, and he wanted out.  He had come that night to ask her to be his wife, in an effort to lay claim and to tame her. His intent was to capture her and to ensure at last that she would belong to him.

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The Case

Of The Box

June 11, 2018

Robin had heard about the box.  Her friend Sandra knew a girl whom Bill had dated before and she had failed the box test.  As she sat staring at it on the table in front of her in Bill’s den, she chuckled at her plan.  The box had been described in perfect detail.  It was small, yet inviting.  Bill viewed himself as a real catch and an expert on women.  He used all sorts of “tricks and gimmicks” to qualify a woman to be with him.   He was attractive and highly successful, but totally eccentric.  He made a game of testing people on their honor, values and character.  MORE


To Forgive…

June 6, 2018

It was over.  But Dave had known for awhile and had kept silent.  Now, his best friend Carl sat across from him with his head down.  He was confessing that he had been seeing Dave’s girl for the last four months.  His voice quivered as he begged for forgiveness.  He spoke about their friendship and how much it meant to him.    MORE


The Run-In

June 1, 2018

Fran had been engaged to Chuck one year, when she ran into him with another woman, and his best friend, who were obviously on a double date. She was shocked.  They were all hugged up and laughing, when she walked up on them face to face, as she and her parents were coming out of the theater.  Both men stopped in their tracks, as if anticipating a scene.  Fran regained her composure quickly and simply handed Chuck his ring without a word.  When Chuck called after her, she kept walking.  Fran smiled at him without uttering a word and got into the car with her parents.  He banged on the window asking her to talk to him, but she ignored him and stared straight ahead.   MORE


By Chance…

May 28, 2018

Gwen and Toby met when Toby was rushing to a meeting as usual, and accidentally bumped into Gwen on the street and knocked her bag of groceries out of her arms.  Gwen’s eyes were full of tears, as she bent down to pick up her groceries and Toby stopped to help her.  He thought she was crying because her groceries had spilled all over the street.  Two bottles of juice had broken, and a carton of eggs lay bare and busted at her feet.    MORE


When Strangers

Meet…

May 23, 2018

Robin was lifting a bottle of wine off the shelf in a local wine shoppe one Saturday afternoon when the bottle suddenly slipped out of her hands and splattered to the floor.  Glass and dark red wine flew everywhere and some of it landed on a tall, handsome guy who just happened to be standing three feet away.  A piece of broken glass ended up cutting his arm, and as blood spurted everywhere, Robin scrambled to find tissue to serve as a temporary bandage.  Staff and customers ran over quickly to aid the injured man, as Robin held onto him like an assigned nurse seemingly oblivious to the small hole in her own hand that was bleeding profusely. MORE


The

Lunch

Date

May 20, 2018

Larry and Susan were enjoying a lovely lunch.  Susan was impressed.  It was their first date, and they were exchanging witty banter laced with “getting to know you” questions and having a great time.  However, the conversation took on another flavor when Susan mentioned that she was a born again Christian who didn’t believe in premarital sex.  Larry, who had been obviously enchanted up to this point stopped smiling and began to interrogate Susan as if she were on trial.   MORE


The Wrong

Assumption

May 15, 2018

When Sandy first spotted Rob at a party, he was talking to her girlfriend, Peggy, and her heart fell in defeat.  He was by far, the finest man she’d ever seen, and she was smitten almost immediately.  When they made eye contact, she smiled weakly in resignation.  She knew she couldn’t compete with Peggy on any level.  Peggy was beautiful, smart and was always the center of male attention.     MORE


Feelings

May 11, 2018

Dori waited anxiously as she stared at the clock.  She had called her boyfriend Steve’s phone and gotten no response.  Anger and confusion pounded in her head as she redialed his number for the seventh time.  As the phone rang, she hungrily anticipated the sensual hello that always succeeded in giving her goose bumps, but there was no answer.

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What Goes

Around…

May 7, 2018

Hank saw himself as a serious catch and he wasn’t shy about it.  He hated the thought of going on another blind date, but he was intrigued by all he’d heard about this woman.  Before, he vowed to never again subject himself to an evening of not knowing what to expect.  He hated wasting time, and on the last two blind dates he pretended to be ill to cut the evening short because the women were totally undesirable.  But this time his friend Sam had assured him that he would not be disappointed.  “Man, if anybody gets sick, it won’t be you,” Sam said jokingly.  “This woman is past fine.  If I wasn’t married, I’d check her out myself.”  MORE


A Fateful

Encounter

May 4, 2018

When Lynn’s boyfriend suddenly dumped her after nineteen months of intensive involvement, she turned to her grandmother for comfort.  However, instead of advice, her grandmother told her that her life was about to change, and that she would meet the man of her dreams in the oddest place.    MORE


A Case

Of Rage

May 1, 2018

Kim lived alone in a big house, so when her friend Bobbie asked if she could come stay with her for awhile after she lost her job, Kim quickly said yes           At the time, when Bobbie moved in, Kim was engaged to Ray, and they were planning to marry in the Fall.  One day, when Kim returned back early from a business trip, she was surprised to see Ray’s car parked out front, and he knew she was out of town.  She became even more shocked when she walked in the door and called out his name and got no answer.

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The Introduction

April 30, 2018

Tracy had gone to Karen’s party reluctantly, because she didn’t view Karen as an equal.  They worked together, and Tracy had little respect for the way Karen carried herself.  At the party, Tracy was bored, yet fascinated with the crowd, though she didn’t understand how Karen could attract such a group to her home.  The men were obviously polished, and the women were very classy.  Karen, who hadn’t had a date in awhile, had gone there to meet a man, and he couldn’t just be any man, because she was very selective.  It had to be someone special and unique.  She sat near the door, so she could have first pick if the right one walked in.  She also ignored all gestures of interest from those who didn’t interest her.  She didn’t wish to waste time on those who didn’t qualify.   MORE


The

Set-Up

April 24, 2018

Jack met Beth and Kay on the same day.  They were at a sports bar, and Jack was immediately attracted to Beth.  He liked her big brown eyes, and sassy manner.  Beth and Kay were best friends, and though Kay was instantly attracted to Jack, she didn’t feel rejected at not being chosen.  For two months, Beth and Jack saw each other regularly, and often double dated with Kay and the guy she was dating.

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At Last!

April 20, 2018

Barbara listened quietly as Scott explained why he couldn’t come over. He claimed that he’d had an accident and that he was in the hospital. She had painstakingly cooked a lovely meal in anticipation of his visit. She had spent money she didn’t have on an elaborate table, complete with expensive champagne, sirloin steaks and crystal wine goblets. All to impress him. She had been waiting since seven o’clock that evening for the doorbell to ring and it was nine thirty before he had finally called. As he explained what happened, she knew he was lying.  With tears running down her cheeks, she asked if he wanted her to come to the hospital, and he quickly said no.

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Appearances

April 17, 2018

Maria had been dating Bill for awhile, but she didn’t like taking Bill around her friends because he lacked the credentials required to be in their circle. Though he was a good-looking guy, he was a mechanic and Maria was a schoolteacher.  She liked Bill because he was a good companion and very dependable, but she longed for a more suitable mate– she could be proud to be with.

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The Surprise

It was a Saturday night and Gina was feeling very lonely when her phone rang.  She hadn’t been on a date in awhile, and she was considering going to the movies alone.  The voice on the other end was deep and melodic, but he had the wrong number.  When Gina hung up the phone, she wondered if he’d call back, and a minute later, he did.  This time, she decided to help by asking him to repeat the number.  One word led to another, and they ended up talking for over an hour.  When Gina later hung up, she felt like she’d been on a mini-date.   MORE


Fickle

Or Fate?

April 9, 2018

Brent was having a hard time making up his mind.  He was involved with two women and both were pressing for more time and more commitment. He was ready to get married, but he was having a problem choosing between the two.  He was drawn to Lauren’s strong will, but they argued a lot.  He hated what she liked and she found what excited him to be boring.  Yet he could talk to her about anything.  She was also smart and he needed someone who could help him think.

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A

Different

Ending

April 4, 2018

Cheryl and Mark had been involved as a couple for over three years when Mark suggested they move in together.  Cheryl didn’t want to, but she felt that she would lose Mark if she refused to do as he asked.  His best friend cautioned her against it, because he knew that Mark was only doing it for financial reasons.  But Cheryl agreed to live with Mark because she loved him.   MORE


The

Seduction

April 1, 2018

Melanie and Dee both worked for Carl, and both had a crush on him.  They spent most of their working hours competing for his attention in subtle ways, while Carl pretended not to notice.  He knew they both liked him, and he was very much attracted to Dee, but he was against combining personal feelings with business.  MORE


A Happy

Ending

March 23, 2018

Debbie was sitting alone on a park bench one hot summer day crying her eyes out, because she’d had a double dose of dismay in one day.  She had lost her job and found out she was pregnant on the same day.  To make matters worse, her boyfriend had told her to get lost, and denied fathering the child.  As she sat there feeling sorry for herself across the street from her former job, a co-worker, whom she had teased unmercifully because he stuttered, came and sat next to her. His name was Tony.  Without saying a word, he simply sat and squeezed her hand in an effort to comfort her.     MORE


The Ploy

March 20, 2018

The restaurant was crowded and Dee’s stomach tumbled over when she spotted Greg the manager, whose good looks were the motivation for her being there.  She had noticed him before when she visited the popular restaurant, and inquired about him.  She knew he was single and she was determined to meet him.  She had brought her friend Kim along, but hadn’t mentioned her purpose.    MORE


The

Switch II

March 16, 2018

Cathy met Tony at a health conference in another city, and they both were surprised to learn they were from the same town.  She was immediately impressed because he was a doctor, good-looking, and charming, and seemed equally enchanted with her.  They clicked and spent the whole weekend together.  Cathy hoped it was a fling and looked forward to seeing him again. MORE


And The

Winner Is…

March 13, 2018

Sam was in his usual state of boredom.  He was in the mood for female company, but couldn’t make up his mind on he wanted to be with.  He was currently dating three women and he felt confusion.  His phone rang intermittently through the jazz sounds in the background, but he didn’t answer it.  Sheryl and Anna had been calling off and on for the last hour, but he had grown tired of them.   He thought about calling Stacy, but changed his mind.     MORE


The

Decision

March 7, 2018

Amy sat in the dark of her bedroom and contemplated her choices.  After careful deliberation she realized she had none.  Hank had put the cards on the table.  She could either go on without him or continue to see him at his leisure.  The wedding was Sunday, and she knew without thinking that she would ease into the back of the church to finally get a glimpse of the woman she’d envied for the past two years.   MORE


The

Turnabout

March 3, 2018

When Terry proposed to Jackie, he was sincere at the time.  They had been dating for three years and she had borne him three children.  Terry was a wealthy man who had amassed a fortune in various real estate ventures.  At thirty-nine, he was finally ready to play the role of husband to a woman who had proven to be faithful and dedicated to him.   MORE


The Talk

February 27, 2018

Kay had chosen the lively bar because she needed an up-beat noise backdrop to soften the news she had for her friend, Carla.  She also had a personal need to experience a lively atmosphere.  For the last few weeks, she had been experiencing an unsettling anxiousness that was inexplicable.   As she waited on Carla to appear, she reflected on the length of their friendship.  She had always thought of her as a fool.

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The Switch

February 22, 2018

Teri had never met a guy who matched her willingness to love and she was excited.  She was really enjoying dating Dave.  They enjoyed the same things and he seemed to get pleasure from pleasing her.  Then suddenly Dave changed.  He became distant and mysteriously unavailable.  “Have I messed up again?” she asked herself.

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Backfire

February 18, 2018

Hank was a guy who saw people who skirted the truth as weak and spineless.  He didn’t approve of soft-pedaling language.  To him, the truth could stand on its own and therefore should be expressed regardless of the consequences.  For Hank, truth had a certain shock value and he enjoyed watching its impact on others.  He would get excited at the prospect of blowing someone away with his unexpected bluntness.  MORE


The

First

Move

February 14, 2018

Gloria stared at her phone.  Her mind drifted slowly to the previous evening and the man she had met at the party.  He had been quiet and unassuming when he approached her in the crowd.  He was gorgeous and self-assured, as he spoke tenderly in her ear, mixing wit with disarming observations.  She was fascinated by his scent and his mustache.  He name fit him well…Kent.   The noise at the party had been deafening.  But she heard every word he spoke clearly.  They had exchanged numbers with promises to call, but she didn’t want to leave him.  MORE


Trapped…

February 10, 2018

Larry put down the phone slowly as he sighed in relief.  He had just broken another date with Mary and he felt awful.  This was not the first time he pretended to be ill.  He flinched with guilt as he recalled the disappointment in Mary’s voice.  He regretted having to wait until the last minute to cancel his date with her, but Susan’s schedule prevented her from planning much in advance.  She had phoned only two hours before to say that she could see him tonight and his stomach fluttered wild with excitement as he imagined the way she would walk through his door.      MORE


On

Second

Thought

February 7, 2018

This was their second date, and Alicia was trying her best to like Mike.  She had almost given up on men altogether after the last guy she’d gone out with.  She liked him, but he had promised to call the next day and she never heard from him again.  On her first date with Mike, she had not been impressed after he got in the car first, and left her standing in the cold, while he reached over and unlocked her door.  Then later, she was outdone when he put on his coat first and didn’t help her with hers.  But though he seemed awkward and cumbersome, he seemed to genuinely like her and for her, that was refreshing.  He was also kind of cute, and he had rugged arms.  She loved a man who appeared strong physically.    MORE


A Matter

Of Choice

February 5, 2018

Brent was having a hard time.  He was entangled with two women whom he was very fond of, and both women were pressing for more time and more commitment. He was ready to get married, but he was having a problem choosing between the two.  He was drawn to Lauren’s strong will, but they argued a lot.  He hated what she liked and she found what excited him to be boring.  Yet, he could talk to her about anything.  She was also smart and he needed someone who could help him think.  His family adored her, and his friends liked her.  MORE



 Feelings…

 

Terry was annoyed as usual.  He had been waiting forty-five minutes, and he wished for the power to drive off, but he couldn’t.  He was mesmerized, hooked, and all the other things his buddies said he was.  He had never known a woman like Tara, and no one had ever affected him the way she did.

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A Change

Of Mind

January 26, 2018

The room was dark, but Tess could tell from his profile that he was not her type. Though he was standing, he appeared slouched and his glasses were thick.  However,  she wasn’t disappointed, because she knew before coming that her friend Maggie’s taste in men had not improved. But, she hoped for the best and decided to give her another try.  The party was crowded and she had already begun to size up the other men in the room as Maggie maneuvered her over for introductions.    MORE


The

Decision

January 22, 2018

Marcie ended the call in disgust.  This was the second time in a week Hank had stood her up and the fourth time in a month.  He wasn’t answering his phone, but she knew he was there.  He hadn’t called all evening and he was supposed to pick her up at 8:00 to take her to dinner.  She thought about what he would say when he called.  He would call around 7:00 a.m. and give the excuse that he got caught up in a business meeting and got in too late to call.  Though he denied it, she knew he was seeing another woman, but she couldn’t prove it.      MORE


Caught In

The Act

January 18, 2018

It was loud and noisy as they pushed through the crowd.  Val held tight to Don’s hand as they looked for a table.  She didn’t see Johnny until she sat down.  And then, there he was, out on the dance floor oblivious to her and his surroundings – enjoying himself as only Johnny could…happy, carefree and at peace with the world.  At first, she was embarrassed, because she was out with another guy and had canceled their date.  But as she watched him dance in his usual awkward style, she suddenly felt relieved.

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Guts And

Glory…

January 11, 2018

Jan had experienced another lovely evening with a man she’d met a few weeks before.  They were riding home and Jan was silent as the music provided a soothing background to her thoughts.  She liked him, and she was sure he liked her.  But she hoped he wasn’t seeing anyone.  Her last “romance” had ended because the guy was also dating someone else, and she didn’t want to go through that again.  Prior to this date, she had been too afraid to ask.

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The Search

January 7, 2018

Kurt got in the car and just sat there.  He put the key in the ignition, but didn’t turn it on.  He was suddenly exhausted.  This was his third date in three days with three different women, and he was losing his will to go on in his search.  He had been waiting to meet the woman of his dreams, for so long, he had almost given up. His friends called him a perfectionist and his sisters called him ridiculous. But in his mind, he knew exactly what he was looking for and he wasn’t going to settle for less    MORE


THE

PRETENDERS…

January 2, 2018

Tom pretended to be deeply engrossed in a contract on his desk.  He heard the voices coming down the corridor…the usual group who passed his door with admiring glances and girlish chatter, and he want to be disturbed.  He knew he was the talk of the office because he was single, attractive and aloof.  He had purposely distanced himself from his male colleagues due to the expected exchange of “company conquer” stories, which held no interest for him.  He refused to mix business with the “office fun.”    MORE


The Best Laid Plan

December 28, 2017

Pam knew the odds were against her.  But she had made up her mind to go through with her idea anyway.  She knew women her size were not in demand, but she also knew she could compete with any woman in the brains and personality departments.  She had been bowling next to this guy for the last four months and he had never looked her way.  From what little information she could gather, he was single, employed and available.  She was so attracted to him that she had begun to dream about him and look forward to bowling night with more zeal than ever.   MORE

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