Mistaken Identity

June 9, 2021 at 11:35 am 37 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 11 June 2021

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

 
While standing in line at the fast food joint, I heard somebody yelling.

“Roobbeerrttoo!“

Suddenly, I felt a tap on my shoulder. When I turned around, I saw him.

‘I’m sorry,’ he apologized, a tone of disappointment in his voice. “I thought you were my friend back home.”

I felt a connection to him right away. He reminded me of myself during my early days in America.

I’d like to buy him lunch and maybe give some pointers on adjusting to the new life. But before I could utter a word, he made an about-face and disappeared in the crowd.

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37 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dora  |  June 9, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Plaridel,
    A truly great story. I felt the sense of loss on both sides, a disappointed expectation and a missed opportunity. How many times in different situations have we felt this way! Oh to have the wisdom to act less in haste and more in wisdom.
    pax,
    dora

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

      dora:

      well said.

      Reply
  • 3. neilmacdon  |  June 9, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    And there’s another pop sensation duo that never got together

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

      neil:

      it wasn’t meant to be.

      Reply
  • 5. Dale  |  June 9, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    What a sweet tale, Plaridel. I could feel his empathy, his hope and his disappointment all within your 100 words.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  June 11, 2021 at 8:50 am

      dale:

      your generous comment is much appreciated. thank you for reading as usual.

      Reply
      • 7. Dale  |  June 11, 2021 at 9:06 am

        My pleasure, Plaridel

        Reply
  • 8. GHLearner  |  June 10, 2021 at 4:30 am

    A bautiful, reflective story. In this day and age he’d probably be considered weird if he actually invited the guy.

    Reply
    • 9. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

      gabi:

      believe it or not, i’d been a recipient of this kind of generosity from immigrants who came before me. i wouldn’t have survived without them.

      Reply
      • 10. GHLearner  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:11 am

        I believe it. And it is a good thing, too.

        Reply
        • 11. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 11:11 am

          gabi:

          bless their hearts. 🙂

          Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

      your generous comment is much appreciated. thank you for reading as usual.

      Reply
      • 13. GHLearner  |  June 11, 2021 at 12:31 am

        I think this landed under the wrong comment. 🙂

        Reply
        • 14. plaridel  |  June 11, 2021 at 8:58 am

          gabi:

          thanks for watching my back, my friend. duly corrected, as you know, an error becomes a mistake only when you refuse to correct it. 🙂

          Reply
  • 16. James McEwan  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:28 am

    yes, it is so annoying. I have people mistake me for someone they know. Thankfully it has been someone they liked.
    Pity, your character seems very lonely.

    Reply
    • 17. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 11:10 am

      james:

      it happens all the time.

      Reply
  • 18. Mason Bushell  |  June 10, 2021 at 8:41 am

    A great story of emotions. Well done.

    Reply
    • 19. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 11:10 am

      mason:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 20. Elizabeth Young  |  June 10, 2021 at 10:22 am

    What a shame you let him get away – move faster next time!

    Reply
    • 21. plaridel  |  June 10, 2021 at 11:10 am

      liz:

      indeed.

      Reply
  • 22. Tannille  |  June 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Something shifts when you’re a minority in a new country. Hard to put into words. There is a comradeship when coming across someone from your homeland.

    Reply
    • 23. plaridel  |  June 11, 2021 at 8:58 am

      tannille:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 24. Keith's Ramblings  |  June 11, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Like ships that pass in the night. Such a shame.

    Reply
    • 25. plaridel  |  June 11, 2021 at 8:58 am

      keith:

      love the metaphor.

      Reply
  • 26. draliman  |  June 11, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Poor chap, he must be feeling very lonely and disappointed your protagonist wasn’t his friend.

    Reply
    • 27. plaridel  |  June 11, 2021 at 8:57 am

      draliman:

      i know how it felt based on personal experience. 🙂

      Reply
  • 28. rochellewisoff  |  June 11, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Sounds very true to your life. Perhaps Roberto and this man will run into each other again. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 29. plaridel  |  June 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      rochelle:

      it was based on personal experience as many of the others i’d written.

      Reply
  • 30. Brenda's Thoughts  |  June 11, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    A sad missed opportunity. Hopefully, their paths will cross again. I felt his disappointment. Well done!

    Reply
    • 31. plaridel  |  June 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      brenda:

      in a city of millions, it’s highly unlikely. but you’d never know.

      Reply
  • 32. pennygadd51  |  June 12, 2021 at 10:47 am

    It’s lovely to see how you let your personal experience enrich your writing. You captured the emotions of the two characters very well.

    Reply
    • 33. plaridel  |  June 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      penny:

      it’s very kind of you to say that. thank you.

      Reply
  • 34. Sandra  |  June 13, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Poignant story.

    Reply
    • 35. plaridel  |  June 13, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      sandra:

      indeed it was.

      Reply
  • 36. granonine  |  June 15, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Wouldn’t you love to know the backstory for both these people? They never really met, yet there was an unforgettable connection.

    Reply
    • 37. plaridel  |  June 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      linda:

      who knows what tomorrow brings? there’s a chance they’ll meet again. 🙂

      Reply

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