Annie deleted Romeo’s profile. After her one and only date, she came to realize that the man she corresponded with on the dating site was not even close to being the star-crossed lover she dreamed of having.
She glared at the computer. Desperation and loneliness led her to the Internet. Yet, all it could deliver was disappointment, heartache and resentment in the form of the losers, fools, and frauds posing as “gentlemen”.
This last correspondence turned out to be the worst. Her lips tightened as she thought about him.
Annie pushed the mouse away. She was through with it. Twenty-first century technology didn’t deliver. Worst yet, it couldn’t deliver before that fateful day, Valentine’s Day. It was going to be another lonely day.
Let me guess: but,” she uttered to herself. Although the “but” wasn’t mentioned in that link, she knew it lingered inside that e-mail.
Maybe being single your whole life is not that bad, she tried to assure herself. She ruminated on this thought. That was until her computer notified her that there was a message in her inbox.
She went to the site’s mailbox. The name, Dan T. popped up along with the first sentence: “I know it has been a while since I contacted you…” Dan T. seemed like a nice guy; at least his previous e-mails indicated this. But, he had been silent for a week. She feared the worst.
“Let me guess: but,” she uttered to herself. Although the “but” wasn’t mentioned in that link, she knew it lingered inside that e-mail. She hated that word; it meant rejection.
“Well, Dan, let’s see what your reasons are for dumping me,” she muttered.
After some personal agony, she moved the arrow icon onto the link to the letter and clicked the mouse.
“…but…” was the first thing she saw. Here we go, she thought. She continued reading: “I just wanted to say, Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m thinking of you and hope we meet soon. Bye for now, Dan.”
The e-mail floored her. She thought the worst and got a surprise from a simple, cordial message. But, it meant everything to her. She was going to have Valentine’s Day after all.
“We’ll definitely meet,” she said aloud.
The realization and excitement couldn't be contained.Her heart swelled with hope as she frantically typed her reply.
When she finished, she went to the dating service website and clicked on Dan T's profile. There was a mug shot of him, smiling warmly to anyone that saw it. Her heart swooned as she leaned forward and kissed the screen. There was an electric crackle. Annie could have sworn she felt the static electricity dance upon her lips. But that didn't matter. What mattered was that the twenty-first century finally delivered.
For the Record
For the record, this work of fiction has some resemblance to reality. I contacted my wife over the Internet 12 years ago. We will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in 2018. And nobody has hit delete.
Happy Valentine's Day Amy Baby!
Other Tales of Valentine's Day
- A Problem with Cupid
Cupid has a problem. And that problem is made apparent when he makes a critical mistake. Also, including with this story is a Senryu about the winged cherub and his mission of love.
- This is Going No Where
Boy meets girl in a bar....so where does it go from here? Sometimes, a lack of words can be the most painful and impossible thing to endure as these two would-be learn the hard way.
- Love under the Stars on a Summer Night
With all the chaos in the world, sometimes, it's time to reflect on those small, quiet -- but personally significant -- moments in life. Here's one on a hot summer night.
© 2017 Dean Traylor