The Dating Game

Michelle Stanley By Michelle Stanley, 14th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I know one person who met her spouse online and is happy in her marriage. But how successful are most who try to form new relationships using this method?. Sometimes dates that friends make on your behalf can turn out badly too. Other times it works.

The Dating Game

My friends talked me into joining Mate for Life, an online dating service. Why do they think I need a soul mate, and being single is a crime?

Carlos saw my profile, and sent a request asking me to become friends. I accepted, and we started communicating by email. I was still a bit wary about meeting a total stranger, no matter how good looking he was. We corresponded for one month, and got to know each other better. I thought he was really interesting with a great sense of humour.

Carlos and I both enjoyed sailing, tennis and traveling. He even liked to cook. How often does a woman find a man who can actually cook a full course meal; the main course being roast chicken with honey ginger sauce? Well, that's what Carlos said was his specialty. He seemed the perfect man for me.

The day came when we finally met. I spent time getting my hair and nails done, and wore a black halter dress that my friend, Betty, talked me into buying. I arrived at Guido's Italiano a bit early, as I wanted to calm my nervousness. The waiter led me to a table, and I was surprised to see Carlos already there. He looked up and smiled, while getting up to greet me. The man was even more handsome in person. It shouldn't have taken this long to go on a date with him, I thought.

"Hello Monique, you look beautiful," Carlos said, presenting me with a rose.

"Thank you. The compliment's returned," I replied, not feeling jittery as before.

We talked a lot while waiting for dinner, asking each other questions. Carlos made me laugh with his amusing jokes. The ice was broken. I no longer had any reservations, and wanted to see more of this man. He felt the same way. The waiter brought our food, which I enjoyed, along with the wine and company. A photographer took our picture while we danced. Shortly after dessert arrived, a woman walked up to the table.

"Hello Miguel. I see you're up to your old tricks again. Which load of crap did you feed this one with?" she asked loudly, glaring at me. The patrons at the nearby tables heard the outburst and looked our way.

"Carlos, who is she?" I asked, puzzled by this unexpected interruption.

"Carlos? Oh, is that the name you're using now?" the woman said angrily. Carlos remained silent, but had a shocked expression on his face. He avoided eye contact with me.

"No, honey, this man is my husband, and Miguel is his real name. We have a child. This is a game the low life plays with women like you. I bet he told you he was single. He wishes he were."

I could only nod, as I was speechless. A wave of emotions swept over me, as I could not believe what was happening. I wanted to escape, but my body felt too numb to move.

"Gina, please, leave now!" Carlos, I mean Miguel, or whatever his real name was, finally spoke.

"No, I will leave instead!" I said, finding my voice and strength to flee from this nightmare. As I stood up and grabbed my purse, my date from hell held onto my hand.

"Monique, I am sorry. I wanted to tell you about my marriage. It's not working out and we're separated. I'll call you and explain everything."

"He'll never leave me. He loves my money too much to return to his old job as a chef," Gina exclaimed, laughing. The photographer who took a picture of us earlier, approached Gina and handed her the photo. "Evidence," she told her sleazy husband.

I freed my hand and slapped my date across his face, leaving marks from my nails. He cried out, feeling the sting, and Gina laughed even more. I ran out of the restaurant, embarrassed, hurt and angry. The drive home seemed long. I was crying, and could not wait to get into bed and cry some more.

I was devastated. My prince charming turned into a frog, and I hadn't even kissed him. Wait until I tell my friends! Heaven help the person who tries to set me up with a "good man," or suggests another dating site. I was through dating for awhile!

Image - courtesy of www.wikimediacommons.org

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Dating, Dating Warning, Online Dating, Single Life, Single Tips, Single Women

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
I enjoy reading, and writing poetry and prose, as well as articles. Creating fiction stories is what I like to do, but will write on almost any topic that interest me.
www.writer-way.blogspot.com

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Excellent! This reads like a first person account, yet when the romance goes wrong, there are plenty signs. Nicely done!

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Hi Phyl, I like to get into character when writing fiction. It helps to bring out the personalities of each character I write on, so the plot becomes more interesting too. I have never had an online date or blind date before. It pleases me to know that you enjoyed reading the story. Michelle

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author avatar joyalariwo
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Oh no that didn't happen! Well he'd seemed too good to be true and the wrongs ones usually are.

Don't worry Michelle the right guy will come along soon enough.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
15th Nov 2013 (#)

This is all fiction, Joyalariwo, but thanks for your kind comments. it is appreciated. Michelle

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author avatar waterhorse
15th Nov 2013 (#)

There are plenty of guys like Miguel out there but that doesn't mean you should give up on dating. Be patient and I'm sure you'll meet the right one.

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author avatar waterhorse
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Sorry. The comment above me was not there when I wrote that. Nice story!

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
15th Nov 2013 (#)

That's alright Waterhorse. I'm glad you like the story. Michelle

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author avatar LOVERME
15th Nov 2013 (#)

ladies beware…. all guys like to lay a snare …and catch you unaware …and hopefully desire to bare…. that is the whole purpose of dating and mating…. to fish around … till you fine a person ….who you have in your mind------ but dating and mating are like ice skating ….you enjoy going around and love to be held…. as you are about to fall---- so is this Internet dating all about …have a fall … call a cab …and just in time evacuate yourself …. lest you walk into a sexiest trap------ and then say oh fux what the hell... …Take your vision about your friends…. like decent ones you will find …..but very few ----that's why I always warn young gals…. but who listens to this internet pal..------.take care it’s your play…your body you display… stay or go away soon…. you will find out who was the Mr. RIGHT …then alone that will be a boon…okay anyway have your own say…

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author avatar LOVERME
15th Nov 2013 (#)

do read and delete...
i will be posting it duly edited ..mistake here ...
regret

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Time Will Tell ( a Cinquain)

No watch
Can tell love's time
The hour will appear
Seducing the unexpected
Just wait
Love will come in time


Thank you my internet pal, Loverme for your valuable advice to this story. Michelle

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author avatar LOVERME
17th Nov 2013 (#)

I just came across a young guy …and even younger gal… kissing right under the waiter’s nose ….I asked them if they had read my poem… Drink Dance and Die…..they said it should have been… ‘’’Drink with Thine Eyes’’… dance while your imagination does rise …then dine later...in the covers of candlelight bright ...yet thereafter…you will see no lights will be needed …under the covers of darkness …and they kissed and smiled…. both blushed and winked ….then.. blinked away from my eyes....

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
15th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Johnnydod for moderating the story for me. It is always appreciated. Michelle

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice story Michelle, patience is a virtue!

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern!

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author avatar Mariah
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Great story Michelle and reflective of the type.
An exceptionally handsome man..who knows all the moves
would always be suspect because he's an experienced master of his craft and would only be out to carve yet another notch on his bedpost I think.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
17th Nov 2013 (#)

You're right Mariah. It's just a game to these men. Thanks for commenting. Michelle

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Nov 2013 (#)

These have happened from time immemorial except that the technology changes but human mind is same! Thanks for a riveting story, Michelle - siva

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you too Siva! I'm pleased you like the story. Michelle

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author avatar Christine Crowley
16th Nov 2013 (#)

Good grief. Another schemer. Glad you found out sooner rather than later.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks for reading the story Christine. It's fiction, but appreciate your concern. Michelle

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author avatar Retired
28th Nov 2013 (#)

I could feel the Embaresment.. .
Very well written story!☺

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank You!!

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author avatar writestuff
14th Dec 2013 (#)

Good fictionalized post with great 'hook' lines. Enjoyable read. If this was a romance trailer for an ebook, I'd buy the book.

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