He was Toast

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am 56 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 September 2017

Kelvin M. Knight

Photo Credit: Kelvin M. Knight
 
Jason loved Carrie but wouldn’t tell her. He was waiting for the day he was already financially secure.

“You’re an idiot,” his friend Alex said. “What if she’s no longer around when that happens? Better do it now.”

For the first time, Jason found the courage to follow his friend’s advice. Unfortunately, there was no happy ending. He was toast.

“I love you,” Carrie told him, “but as a brother.”

It was a rejection that caused him so much pain. If there was a silver lining, it was that he was able to take it as a man and survive.

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  • 1. James  |  September 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Friendzoned. Happened to me more than once back in the day.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  September 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      james:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  September 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Oh no, not the dreaded friend zone! Poor guy.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      iain:

      it could be a blessing in disquise. he might find somebody better.

      Reply
  • 5. granonine  |  September 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Worst turn-down ever. Love you like a brother. Ugh.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      linda:

      she was only being honest.

      Reply
  • 7. Sascha Darlington  |  September 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Sometimes it’s best to know and move on.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  September 13, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      sascha:

      that’s what happened in his case.

      Reply
  • 9. Christine Goodnough  |  September 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Awww…poor guy. But women outnumber men, they say, so when he gets over his broken heart…

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    • 10. plaridel  |  September 13, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      christine:

      i think he’d be pleased to know that. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Moon  |  September 13, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Gosh ! I can imagine his pain, but atleast he is relieved of the pain of not knowing and imagining sweet nothings .It indeed takes courage to survive the war of the heart .
    Great story, Plaridel .

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    • 12. plaridel  |  September 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      moon:

      for all we know, it could be a blessing in disguise. he should keep the faith of finding the right one.

      Reply
  • 13. draliman  |  September 14, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Aargh, those words, those awful words – “like a brother” 🙂

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    • 14. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

      draliman:

      it’s all too common it must be the least painful way of rejecting a guy. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. spicedmullings  |  September 14, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Good for him!

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    • 16. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

      sabina:

      i know.

      Reply
      • 17. spicedmullings  |  September 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

        😊😊😊

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        • 18. plaridel  |  September 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

          sabina:

          wish him luck. 🙂

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          • 19. spicedmullings  |  September 17, 2017 at 12:43 am

            I would wish him to gain wisdom. Women can be a mirage or an oasis in a desert!

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            • 20. plaridel  |  September 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

              sabina:

              women are unpredictable, indeed, and therein lies their charm.

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              • 21. spicedmullings  |  September 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm

                And their ruin.
                Exactly!☺

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                • 22. plaridel  |  September 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm

                  sabina:

                  it’s very perceptive of you. 🙂

                  Reply
                  • 23. spicedmullings  |  September 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

                    Oh, I do know my tribe!☺☺☺

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                    • 24. plaridel  |  September 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

                      sabina:

                      may your tribe increase. 🙂

                    • 25. spicedmullings  |  September 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

                      😊😊😊

  • 26. Lynn Love  |  September 14, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Ha! Very good use of the prompt pic there – all love is toast! Nicely written FF

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    • 27. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

      lynn:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
      • 28. Lynn Love  |  September 17, 2017 at 6:28 am

        My pleasure 🙂

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        • 29. plaridel  |  September 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

          lynn:

          awesome! 🙂

          Reply
  • 30. rochellewisoff  |  September 14, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Hopefully he’ll find life after Carrie. Good use of the prompt.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 31. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

      rochelle:

      i think he will. as the saying goes, there are plenty more fish in the sea.

      Reply
  • 32. Norma  |  September 14, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Oh, no! He was definitely toasted. There is no going from there… 🙂

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    • 33. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

      norma:

      i’m afraid not only toasted but burned. 🙂

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      • 34. Norma  |  September 15, 2017 at 8:04 am

        Haha! 😀

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  • 35. gahlearner  |  September 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    At least now he knows and can get on with his life. Good story.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

      gahlearner:

      that’s the silver lining. 🙂

      Reply
  • 37. Keith's Ramblings  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Better to find out then than years later. Nice one.

    Click to read my FriFic

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    • 38. plaridel  |  September 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

      keith:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 39. Alicia Jamtaas  |  September 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Nice take on toast, for you, not Jason. Better to learn such news sooner than later, that’s for sure.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  September 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      alicia:

      yes, much sooner than later is preferable.

      Reply
  • 41. The Writer's Village  |  September 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

    sad story.
    Love you like a brother?
    ok then.

    Randy

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    • 42. plaridel  |  September 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      randy:

      sadly, that’s the way it is sometimes.

      Reply
  • 43. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover  |  September 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Nice take on the prompt. I was hoping for true love and you gave me “Love you like a brother.” What could be worse?

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    • 44. plaridel  |  September 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      cindy:

      i couldn’t think of anything worse than being told those words. 😦

      Reply
  • 45. Sarah Ann  |  September 16, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Such rejection, very well painted. And he will be around to see her love others, which will only rub in his loss. Let’s hope he doesn’t continue to hurt.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  September 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      sarah ann:

      my sentiments exactly.

      Reply
  • 47. rgayer55  |  September 18, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I’ve heard that “love you as a brother/friend” thing before. It hurts like a dagger to the heart. He took it better than I would have.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  September 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

      russell:

      if anything, it gets easier the next time around and the time after that. 🙂

      Reply
      • 49. rgayer55  |  September 18, 2017 at 9:48 am

        Sounds like the voice of experience.

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        • 50. plaridel  |  September 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm

          russell:

          yep, been there, done that.

          Reply
  • 51. pennygadd51  |  September 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    If he’d not asked, and stuck around, she may have grown up a little and realised that it’s not necessarily best to marry the person who sweeps you off your feet. On the other hand, if there’s no spark at all then a relationship isn’t going to go very far.

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    • 52. plaridel  |  September 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      penny:

      so true, i’m afraid.

      Reply
  • 53. michaelwynnauthor  |  September 20, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Good job he didn’t wait until he had the money, she might have gone with him just for that. Been away hence the lateness of the comment.

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    • 54. plaridel  |  September 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      michael:

      who knows, it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise. 🙂

      Reply
  • 55. Ritika  |  September 25, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Sad…At least he didnt wait his whole life and had the regret that he didnt ask….Great that he survived…

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    • 56. plaridel  |  September 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

      ritika:

      yes, i agree totally.

      Reply

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