Stood Up?


Thanks, Dale, for this gorgeous picture.

One of my favorites from December 7, 2016.


John’s blind date never arrived.  He waited in his favorite restaurant for one hour, 55 minutes, five glasses of water and three breadsticks.

Julie, his favorite waitress, saw his sad look.  “Maybe her phone didn’t charge.  More breadsticks?  More water?”

“No thanks, Julie.  I’ll give her fifteen more minutes.  After that, I’m going home.”

“Um, my shift’s over now.  I’ll have Brandon see to you, OK?”

“OK.  Have a good night.”

Fifteen minutes later, Julie emerged from the kitchen spiffed, dressed splendidly and drop dead gorgeous.

She sat down by the stunned John.  “Sorry, I’m late.  I had to work.”


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36 Responses to Stood Up?

  1. Dale says:

    I remember this one. It was a good one!

    • wmqcolby says:

      I almost published the follow-up one that I wrote due to the “controversy” of Julie being the blind date or was she “feeling sorry for him” theory. I doubt that’ll happen t5his time. I’m doing reruns because my imagination is dried out, actually. 😀

  2. Tannille says:

    I’m not sure if this is the right woman for him, she had him waiting. Still, what a fantastic twist!

    • wmqcolby says:

      Well, it can go this way — I had written it as in she felt sorry for him and so she became the date. Others have said what you are saying. I deliberately left it open and i had gotten a ton of comments on it. Thanks for reading Tannille.

  3. neilmacdon says:

    Great twist, William.

  4. Hi Kent,

    I remember this one. As I recall I wrote another side of it.



    • wmqcolby says:

      Oh, that was a riot. That “controversy” about Julie really played on people. I suppose if I had written it to indicate that she felt sorry for him, yes. But, I only had 100 words. Oh well …

  5. granonine says:

    What a happy ending for them both. Wishing them well 🙂

  6. msjadeli says:

    I was *not* expecting that at all. I hope it works out for them. Good story.

  7. I don’t know. No matter what happened. This is a lovely story. Happy ending, I think. Thank you!

  8. plaridel says:

    he was a patient man. she must be worth all the wait. 🙂

  9. Happy ending, I wonder what she would have done if he’d given up waiting earlier.

  10. Sandra says:

    All’s well that ends well. And she was determined it would end well. Well done.

  11. pennygadd51 says:

    It’s funny how these things work. For all we know, John may have admired Julie from previous visits, just as she clearly saw something attractive in him. Good story!

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks, Penny! And, ah! You came to the party on this one! I kept getting comments that she WAS the actual blind date. You got it correctly. She felt sorry for him because she saw something in him. Even though that was the intent of the story, I ran out of word space to add that in, so it got a lot of discussion on previous posts.

  12. What a splendid story! From favourite waitress to girlfriend, why not?

  13. The wonderful ending… sounds like next date should be at another restaurant.

  14. Nan Falkner says:

    Very clever twist! Really, it’s a nice ending to what would have been a depressing. Things are looking up! Nine story!

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