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A Chance Meeting Of Two Lonely People In the City Park. Short Story

Updated on August 10, 2016
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My name is Ruby. I live in Southern Illinois. I love to write poetry, short stories and flash fiction. I am a retired R.N.

Where have you been, you good looking dude?

Laura was a young woman twenty four years old. She'd worked at the local hospital in medical records since graduating high school. She'd dated a few times but never seriously interested enough to make a commitment.

After work she usually went to the city park to sit and read until sunset. People, young and old passed by without looking her way. It wasn't that she was unattractive, she was beautiful in a sweet sort of way. She usually wore her waist length red hair pulled to the side and tied with a ribbon. She didn't need much makeup, she had naturally rosy cheeks and pinkish lips. Her dark eye's were kind and gentle.

Laura was lonely and the first to admit that she would like to meet a gentleman who was kind and would treat her like the lady she was, but day after day she sat in the park unnoticed, not even the squirrels or birds appeared to see her.

She usually spent her evening's sitting and reading on her favorite bench. It was a Saturday, her day off, so she went to the park after breakfast. She walked slowly with her book tucked under her arm, feeling certain, it would be another uneventful long day.

When she reached the park she was surprised to see a handsome man sitting on her bench. She was uncertain what she should do. Should she find another bench or should she be brave and sit down beside him? As she was mulling over the question she was pleasantly surprised to hear him say, " I know I have your seat, but hopefully you don't mind? " She looked up to see a smiling, somewhat mischievous look on his face. She thought, " How does he know I come here everyday, and how does he know it's my bench? "

He noticed the confused expression on her face, and quickly attempted to explain. He told her that his name was David, and he too, had been coming to the park daily. He had a favorite bench too, but it was on the opposite side of the park. He told her that he'd noticed her everyday and wanted to say, " hi ", but she always had her face buried in her book. He also told her that she appeared as lonely as he was, and their book's were just a way to pass time alone. He told her that people passed by him too. They were always in a hurry and rarely spoke. Their situation was so similar it struck them both as humorous, and they laughed together.

She listened as he told her about himself. He was a stock broker who worked in a small office uptown, and like her, had never had a serious relationship. She looked at him and thought, " Where have you been, you good looking dude? " He told her that he'd watched her from afar daily, but just today, picked up enough courage to approach her.

David took her hand, and they began to walk toward his bench. On the way they passed a park trash can, simultaneously both tossed their book's inside. They laughed out loud when they read both titles, " How to approach the unapproachable and make a lasting impression. "

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Rolly. I knew you were a peoples person. Your fireside chats are proof of that. I love to meet people and start a conversation too. We find out so many times that we're all alike in so many ways. Thank you for thinking I have a gift. I love to write...

      Blessings my friend...

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      Rolly A Chabot 15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby:

      Loved the story, it is interesting watching people in a park, a mall just how they are. My Dad was a man who always took the time to stop and say hello. He just had a way about him and people would respond. I suppose maybe I have taken up the torch as I do the same. There are times people share the hurtful and lonely events in their lives. Just to be a listening ear sometimes allows you to become a light in an otherwise lonely place for others... Keep writing my friend, you have such a gift...

      Blessings from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Shauna. Mike didn't like the idea of them throwing the books away either, but I told him kids found them and took them to the library where two young people checked then out and went to the park to read and fell head-over-heels in love. He forgave me. Lol...Thank you...

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      Shauna L Bowling 15 months ago from Central Florida

      At first I was aghast that they threw their books away. That is, until you revealed the title!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peggy. So nice to see you. Perhaps it was meant to be, let's hope so. Thank you for visiting my story.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Sweet story about a nice beginning. Hope it was meant to be!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Mar. I am a hopeless romantic. Glad you thought it was a lovely story. Thank you dear one

      Hugs.

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      Maria Jordan 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh you romantic - what a lovely story, dear Ruby.

      Whitney's song puts the cherry on the top of this sweet creation.

      Hope you enjoyed a peaceful weekend. Love, mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. Thanks for coming by. Happy you enjoyed.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A great story. Enjoyed this and loved the ending.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Surabhi. So happy you thought my story was ' cool ' Thank you much...

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      Surabhi Kaura 15 months ago

      Whoa! A cool read. I loved this lovely story at the park. Cute!! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you mike. I feel better. lol...

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      mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You are forgiven.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. Think about the books in this way, two poor kids are in the park and find the books, they take them to the library and exchange them for comic books, then two lonely people check them out and go to the park to read and they meet, falling hear-over-heels. Am I forgiven? Hee. Thank you...

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      mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Ruby - this story of yours is soft and sweet. Such a nice set of circumstances. You had me, well, right up to them throwing books in the trash bin. haha

      signed,

      Mike

      Mockingbird Books

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. I thought I should redeem myself after writing about the tattoo snake. Hee..Happy you thought is was a sweet story. Thank you. Much love back at you.

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Very sweet story. Ended well. So many similar life situations! Much Love, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi John. I agree. A good relationship is so much better than reading a book. The women today are bold and I guess the guys like that. I like your critique of my little story. Thank you much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. That's why you're one of my favorite people, you are not only a great writer, you're a loving husband. Thank you for coming to read my story..

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Any story about love instantly becomes my favorite story of the day. Thanks for reminding me how much I love Bev.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I think I'll take a book to the park and see if I can find a David too. Hee, if we lived close, we could go together. lol. So glad you enjoyed my story. Thank you for sharing...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Clive. I like your nice comment. Thanks for coming by.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I lovely fell good story with a hapy ending, Ruby. You should always pluck up the courage to approach someone you are attracted to. After all what's the worst that can happen? They don't feel the same way, at least they will be flattered. Besides you never know...that may just be your Mr or Miss Right.

      I have often heard stories of guys nt approaching a pretty girl or telling her his feelings because she is too beautiful and out of his league...while the girl is thinking, "I wish that cute guy would just talk to me."

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'd like to me a "David" in the park or anywhere else for that matter. :) Loved this sweet story Ruby. I'm eager to read your next one. Sharing.

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      Clive Williams 15 months ago from Nibiru

      nice ruby, very nice

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE. I was never one to make the first move. Back in my day the girl was considered 'loose ' if she did. My how times have changed!!! lol Thank you for your interesting comment...

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and with such a thought for me. I was shy and don't believe I would have spoken to anyone else. I Tweeted!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I can relate to your comment. I think we all have been afraid at times, but look at you, a beautiful wife and the cutest little boy. I love it when you put his pictures on your hubs. Your last line is beautiful and so appreciated. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Frank. It felt good to write again. My laptop crashed when I was attempting to download the new windows 10, it was in the shop for over a week. So happy you liked my story. Thank you my friend..

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So few words, so many things to ponder -- What ifs. A strange twist for me. I think of all the times I should have taken the first step and spoke up and shared. But just one of those and I may not have the beautiful bride I have today that I love so much. Fate is fickled.

      Like a pretty young lady this story was easy on the eyes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. I'm sure many people have missed someone special because they were afraid to make the first move. I'm so glad you thought my little story was hopeful. Thank you so much.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      I like the whole feel about your short.. yeah it was very well written my friend :)

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, such a sweet little story of love in the park. The world seems to be so full of lonely people everywhere. I am a people watcher and I seem to be able to tell who the lonely ones are, but I always hope I am wrong.

      Your story is a hopeful one, for they were both there all along, but finally one of them had taken note of the other and made that brave first step. Wonder how many missed out love affairs never get started because no one takes the first step. Let's hope he was telling the truth. You're right, truth is a big one with women it seems.

      Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello junko, it's good to see you on my page. I agree. The truth will win out every time. I like your assessment of this piece of fiction. Thank you for coming by.

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      junko 15 months ago

      I'll buy that Always Ruby. Being truthful to a woman and not talking at her but to her will get her attention. A woman is attracted to a truthful man that tells her what she already know and true things she never thought about. Sound like the start of a relationship based on the truth from the start. The young man just told the truth and didn't tell a lie, it worked.