The Wanderer

What can I get you two?” the bartender asked as the two men sat down at the bar.

“Two Buds,” Hank said.

“No, I’ll have a cosmopolitan,” Daniel said.

“A cosmopolitan?” Hank said, a surprised look on his face. “Since when do you drink those?”

“It was Suzanne’s favorite drink. I refused to even try it when we were together. Too girly I told her. But now that we’re no longer a couple, I thought I’d give it a try.” As the bartender set the drinks down, Daniel took a sip of the cosmopolitan. “Hmm, not too bad,” he said.

“So what are you going to do now that your divorce is final?” Hank asked Daniel. “Are you going to stick around here or are you going to delay making any decisions until you can figure out how to get your act together?”

“What do you mean by that, Hank?” Daniel asked. “I’ve got my act together. I’m going to follow my instincts, wherever they lead me.”

“You mean those same peripatetic instincts that led to Suzanne filing for divorce? Those instincts?”

“Look, Hank,” Daniel said, “You know that my marriage was a total clusterfuck. She was possessive and jealous and I needed my space to do my thing.”

“And your ‘thing’ was to cheat on her with every girl in town and to wander around aimlessly with no goals?” Hank said. “Daniel, this is your life. You’ve made a mess of it so far, but it’s not too late to start fresh. To turn over a new leaf.”

“Yeah, I guess,” Daniel said. He took another sip of the cosmopolitan. “Damn, this cosmo is really good.”


Written for these daily prompts: JusJoJan (cosmopolitan), The Daily Spur (divorce), Ragtag Daily Prompt (delay), My Vivid Blog (instincts), Word of the Day Challenge (peripatetic), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cluster), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (this is your life).

22 thoughts on “The Wanderer

  1. bushboy January 11, 2022 / 1:52 pm

    I guess changing drinks is a fresh start. Another great song 🙂

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  2. Marleen January 11, 2022 / 1:55 pm

    Great story. Oh my, the song: “they’re all the same.”

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  3. Lou Carreras January 11, 2022 / 5:49 pm

    Eventually, guys like this meet a “piranha” and get bitten up pretty badly. Once or twice normally wakes you up.
    Perfect music selection.

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  4. leigha66 January 11, 2022 / 6:25 pm

    I still can’t hear this song without thinking of Erik Estrada in his heyday singing it on some variety show special. Not because it was especially memorable but something a little “different.” 🤣

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    • Fandango January 11, 2022 / 8:37 pm

      I didn’t know he sang this song. I didn’t know he was a singer.

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  5. Nope, Not Pam January 11, 2022 / 10:49 pm

    I really don’t think he’s getting the message 😞

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