Tale Weaver — Getting Lucky

EC71AA2B-2C6C-44DF-B3DF-BA0D37C40C64Steven was pleasantly surprised when Annie agreed to come up to his apartment after only their second date. Maybe tonight I’ll get lucky, he thought. They arrived at Steven’s second floor walk up and he unlocked the door, opened it up, and gestured for her to go in. “It’s cozy,” he warned her.

“Oh, it’s a studio apartment,” Annie said, looking around the single room.

“I told you it was cozy,” Steven said, letting out a nervous chuckle. He noticed a confused look on Annie’s face. “Is there something wrong?” he asked her.

“I’m a little surprised,” she said. “You told me that you’re an avid reader, yet I don’t see any bookshelves in your apartment and there’s not a single book in sight.”

“Yeah, well, when you have a small place, you have to make certain accommodations,” Steven said, a bit defensively. “I obviously don’t have room to store hundreds of books in this small apartment.”

“So do you get your books from the library?” Annie asked.

Steven took out his iPhone, pulled up his home screen, and then handed it to her, pointing out the Kindle app.D30B5B1E-7817-4965-B898-920211493549“I download all of my books to my Kindle app,” he said. “It’s great because I have hundreds of books on the app and they take up no physical space whatsoever. It’s really convenient, you know.”

“It’s not the same,” Annie said. “I like the feel of physical books, the heft, the smell. Reading ebooks on a device like a smartphone or tablet is not the same experience.”

“Are you that much of a purest that it bothers you that my book collection is on my phone instead of on bookshelves in my small apartment?” Steven asked.

“Actually it does,” she said. She picked up her phone, tapped her screen, and said, “I just ordered an Uber. I think we have a compatibility issue.”

“Gee, for someone who thinks that reading on a smartphone is bothersome, I’m surprise you’d use your smartphone to arrange for a ride rather than going out onto the street to hail a taxi the old fashioned way,” Steven sarcastically said.

Annie gave Steven a dirty look and exited his apartment. Well, I guess I’m not going to get lucky tonight, he thought.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt.

12 thoughts on “Tale Weaver — Getting Lucky

  1. Sadje May 21, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    Ebooks are the future. Why waste so much paper and space on physical books when they can be stored on the app, or device.

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  2. Irene May 21, 2020 / 1:33 pm

    Oh bummer! I thought the picture at the top was of Steven’s wall, which was going to become visible when he turned on the light … oh well, Annie sounded kind of pedantic anyway!

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  3. Michael May 21, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    I agree with Anne after storing many books on my iPhone I have gone back to the feel of a book in my hand. I guess better luck next time 😁

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  4. Taswegian1957 May 21, 2020 / 3:54 pm

    I do both now. I have real books and I do like the look of a shelf of books but an e-reader is a convenient tool when you are travelling, reading in bed or I guess when you live in a one-room apartment.
    Maybe Anne didn’t really care about the books so much and left because she was just not into him.

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    • Fandango May 21, 2020 / 10:58 pm

      Yeah, maybe she wasn’t into him or into a guy who lived in a small, second floor walk-up studio apartment.

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  5. leigha66 May 22, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    I wish I could read more… it gets very frustrating with my short term memory issues from fibro that I have to reread a lot and I lose patience. But I still like to read anyway at least a little. And I have TONS of things to read here on WordPress! This was a good story!

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