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December 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm 42 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 9 December 2016

Lucy Fridkin

Photo Credit: Lucy Fridkin

It was a long flight that Roberto wished would never end. Seated beside him was the most beautiful girl that he could only fantasize about.

Roberto was an immigrant eager to build a new life in New York. Tara was an aspiring model wearing a mini skirt that revealed more than it could hide.

They were an odd couple to look at, but somehow they clicked and seemed to enjoy each other’s company.

As the plane landed, Tara gave her phone number and told him to get together sometime.

When Roberto called a week later, he got a wrong number.

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42 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kkessler833  |  December 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Gorgeous photo!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      kkessler:

      i agree. we can thank lucy fridkin for sharing. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. michael1148humphris  |  December 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Wrong number 😊

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      michael:

      yes, she gave him a wrong number. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. Joy Pixley  |  December 7, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    He waited a week to call? 😉

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    • 8. plaridel  |  December 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      joy:

      it didn’t matter anyway. she wasn’t into him. 🙂

      Reply
      • 9. Joy Pixley  |  December 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm

        Maybe, or maybe she messed up giving him her number. (I’m an optimist.)

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        • 10. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:09 am

          joy:

          i wanted to be an optimist, too, with some reservation.

          Reply
  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  December 8, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Great last line, what a let down for poor Roberto. Hopefully New York is kinder to him in the future.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

      iain:

      if there’s a consolation, new york is big. there’ll be more fish in the pond.

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  December 8, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    What a mean spirited thing to do. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 14. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

      rochelle:

      i used her as a metaphor for new york. the bad side, that is.

      Reply
  • 15. draliman  |  December 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Wrong number? Yeah, welcome to the club, mate 🙂

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    • 16. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

      draliman:

      it pays not to be too trusting and take someone at her word hook, line, and sinker.

      Reply
  • 17. Michael Wynn  |  December 8, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Oh the poor bloke, what kind of a sadist was she?

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    • 18. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

      mick:

      she was that and a lot more.

      Reply
  • 19. FabricatingFiction  |  December 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Poor man, but why did he leave it a week?

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    • 20. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

      louise:

      he was shy.

      Reply
      • 21. FabricatingFiction  |  December 8, 2016 at 10:36 am

        Oh now I feel even worse for him!

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        • 22. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

          louise:

          he need to get over or he won’t survive in the new country. 🙂

          Reply
  • 23. ansumani  |  December 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Looks like she did him a favor…Nice story.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  December 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      ansumani:

      come to think of it, you might be right.

      Reply
  • 25. rgayer55  |  December 9, 2016 at 3:37 am

    That trick has been around since Alexander Graham Bell first hit on a girl in Jr. High. In fact, I had an entire notebook of wrong numbers at one time. You never knew who you were going to get on the phone. It could be the bowling alley, a restaurant, or the police station.

    I love the way you set this story up, then pulled the rug from under our feet. Great job.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  December 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

      russell:

      i have a few of them as well. 🙂

      Reply
  • 27. Amy Reese  |  December 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Well, I guess this wasn’t mutual or just not in the cards. Maybe their paths will cross at another time. Airplanes are weird, I think. Often, you never see people you meet on a plane ever again. Great story, Plaridel.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  December 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

      amy:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 29. wmqcolby  |  December 9, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    SIGH. Once again, airplanes are not the stuff of romance. I’m sure Roberto learned that and fast.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  December 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

      kent:

      i guess she was just trying to keep him awake. if he fell asleep, he might snore and she wouldn’t like the sound of it. 🙂

      Reply
      • 31. wmqcolby  |  December 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        Meaning another nail in the coffin, probably.

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        • 32. plaridel  |  December 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

          kent:

          that’s one way of saying it. 🙂

          Reply
  • 33. gahlearner  |  December 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Maybe he can remember the whole thing as an interesting flight. He did have fun while it lastet after all. Good story.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  December 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      gahlearner:

      good advice. 🙂

      Reply
  • 35. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  December 11, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Good story.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  December 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

      dawn:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 37. Indira  |  December 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Interesting story.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  December 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      indira:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 39. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  December 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Alas an all too common story… I wonder what she thought when she read about Robert doing his IPO while she was waited tables at a greasy diner.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  December 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      björn:

      i guess that would be a great sequel to the story.

      Reply
  • 41. patriciaruthsusan  |  December 14, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I’ve heard of that happening. I would’ve never been able to do that. I consider it cruel. I would have told the person truthfully that I wasn’t interested. It’s kinder in the long run. Good writing, Plaridel. —- Suzanne

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    • 42. plaridel  |  December 14, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      suzanne:

      in the best of worlds, that should be the case. 🙂

      Reply

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