WDYS — Different Perspectives


She’s so beautiful. She’s perfect and she takes my breath away. I was planning to pop the question tonight. I have the ring in my pocket and I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment. But look at her. The expression on her face; she looks so pensive. She seems to be lost in thought and I don’t think she’s thinking about me at all. She was so quiet at dinner, not really present. Sure, she’s physically here, but her mind is clearly somewhere else. Maybe her heart is too. I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to suffer the humiliation of her rejection. I’m going to finish my glass of wine and then drop her off at her place. It’s a shame because I really love her and I thought we could have been very happy together.


Look at him, sitting there looking so goddam debonair in his tux. He’s been stringing me along for months, toying with me. He invites me to this high class, elegant restaurant, tells me to dress accordingly, presents me with a bouquet of long stemmed roses. What else could I think but that he was going to ask me to marry him tonight? But he’s not, is he? At dinner he made polite conversation, mostly small talk, really, but seemed oddly distant, almost preoccupied. And now he’s got this smug look on his face, casually sipping his wine, showing no signs of popping the question. This is mortifying. I really thought we had something special, but I’m feeling so hurt right now that I can’t even look at him. I’m going to call an Uber and go home. I’m so in love with him and I don’t want him to see me cry.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Olga Solodilova @ Unsplash.

38 thoughts on “WDYS — Different Perspectives

    • Fandango February 15, 2022 / 3:27 pm

      Clearly the communications were lacking.

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  1. Sadje February 15, 2022 / 8:21 am

    Oh wow! Great take on the image. A dual perspective makes such interesting reading. Thanks a lot for joining in

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  2. newepicauthor February 15, 2022 / 8:34 am

    It seems like they were both too proud to give into the other, and this is what happens when you can’t compromise. Nice story Fandango.

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    • Fandango February 15, 2022 / 3:34 pm

      People need to talk with one another and not just with their own inner voices.

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      • donmatthewspoetry February 17, 2022 / 5:23 am

        Or talk to the person opposite via Facebook. We’ve lost the art of face-face conversation. Sad……

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  3. Marleen February 15, 2022 / 10:50 am

    Let him see you cry.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam February 15, 2022 / 11:20 am

    She should ask him, that’s what I did 🙂

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  5. Marleen February 15, 2022 / 11:44 am

    What do you think a guy should do, fandango, in a restaurant like that? Do you propose across the table, or get on a knee? It could be quite daunting to get on bended knee and risk rejection (in public — which would be worse than speaking in public in my opinion — in a certain perspective).

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    • Fandango February 15, 2022 / 3:42 pm

      I think he blew it…as did she.


      • Marleen February 16, 2022 / 6:07 pm

        Yeah… either one. Do something.

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  6. Lou Carreras February 15, 2022 / 12:25 pm

    Taking risks is always an iffy proposition, and in romance it’s complicated by ego, emotions and fear.

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      • emkingston February 16, 2022 / 1:10 am

        You’re welcome! It was cool how you did the opposing dialogues in their minds.

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  7. E. that's me February 15, 2022 / 2:05 pm

    Nice! I wonder how often this happens in real life? Communication, people.

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  8. parikhit February 16, 2022 / 2:43 am

    Just talk to each other you both!!

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    • Fandango February 16, 2022 / 9:35 am

      Seriously! Talk!


  9. Maria Michaela February 16, 2022 / 3:52 am

    Oh damn! It would be a shame if neither of them try to talk about what they truly feel.

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  10. Keith's Ramblings February 16, 2022 / 9:30 am

    They may be in love, but I doubt they’d get on if they can’t convey their feelings to one another. Nice one, Fandango.

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    • Fandango February 16, 2022 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Keith.


    • Fandango February 20, 2022 / 10:26 am

      Yes it is. A lack of communication has doomed many relationships.


  11. leigha66 March 2, 2022 / 4:23 pm

    An interesting take on the prompt… it proves how vital communication is.

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