FATEFUL DECISION

He had reached a crossroads. It was now or never. Should he ask her or not?

They had been getting on well. He wasn’t great at reading these sort of situations but there was definite chemistry between them. While at work they sought each other out to chat, there was laughter, there was smiling.

Come on, she was bound to agree to a date, a meal, even just a drink, just the two of them.

He looked at her on the other side of the bar. He had avoided her that evening. She looked particularly attractive, he had always thought that – too good for him.

Perhaps they were only meant to be friends. He didn’t want to ruin that. And you shouldn’t mix work and pleasure. What if she took offence? What if she saw it as exploitation? Unwanted attention?

He finished his drink. He pulled out some coins to head to the bar. What if he let fate decide for him? Toss a coin. Heads he asks her, tails he goes home and tries to forget about it over the weekend.

He picked a pound coin and flicked it into the air.

Across the room she watched him toss a coin into the air and look at it. What was he up to? Why wasn’t he talking to her tonight? They had been getting on well and she thought she was sending out the right signals. All she needed was for him to ask her.

He stood up, put the coin he had been looking at in his pocket, picked up his coat and headed out the door. She watched him go and turned back to the group at the bar.


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Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt – Decisions curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.

61 responses to “FATEFUL DECISION”

  1. Oh no, that’s sad…

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    1. Maybe there will be another chance 🙂

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  2. It must be so hard being a guy. Too bad for him, but perhaps she should have sent him a smile of encouragement?

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    1. I remember it was hard even when I was younger. Goodness knows how anyone copes these days with social media and everything else!

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  3. He should have went with his gut instinct, turn back, turn back or she could run out the door after him! 🙂

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    1. Maybe she should, instead of waiting for him to make the move.

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  4. Hey, a good take on the prompt.

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    1. Thank you Sadje 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome 😊

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  5. If we could only read the other person’s thoughts! 🙂

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    1. Wouldn’t that be fun – and also probably terrifying! 🙂

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  6. I think most of us can relate . . .

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  7. The pair of them need lessons… 😉

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    1. Yep, lessons in straight talking!

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  8. Aw… so many misread signals. My cure is, “tell me what you want. “

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    1. Better to be straightforward and take the risk of being hurt, otherwise you get nowhere!

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  9. Good story, Iain. Good thing my husband wasn’t this daft.

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    1. If she is the right one for him, he’ll be back – I’m sure your husband knew that too! 😉

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  10. He should have tossed his coin more discreetly

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    1. Perhaps, or made a decision on his own! 🙂

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  11. Oh, dear. I hope he works up the courage and asks her out. No more coin tossing!

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    1. Perhaps he’ll have second thoughts.

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  13. Never trust a coin… I wonder how many times I’ve let a possibility slip by like that. I guess I’ll never know. Great story, easy to identify with.

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  14. Poor Guy. I hope that he gets another opportunity.

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    1. Perhaps he will, and will take it next time.

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  15. Never hesitate, life is short!

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  16. There is so much distance between people, and too many things to jump over or try to avoid. Dating sucks.

    Sorry I’m not working on the #FF stuff right now. I’m zonked with getting my AtoZ posts out.

    Stuart
    Tale Spinning
    https://stuartnager.wordpress.com/

    PS: if you do go to read, I strongly suggest you start with April 1st’s post. I’m doing another serialized story.

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    1. Good luck with the A to Z Stu, I will try and get over for a read at some point. I’m missing out this year due to lack of time to do it full justice.

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    1. Thank you so much Becky 🙂

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  17. Ah, but what I know that you don’t (no don’t ask…)is that, as soon as he reached the street, he changed his mind and returned! (Mum always said I was witch.) x

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    1. Let’s hope you are right!

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  18. So much for depending on the fate of the draw!

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    1. Sometimes fate seems to dictate an awful lot in life!

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  19. faint heart never won fair lady…

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  20. What a missed opportunity!

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    1. Let’s hope he gets another chance!

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    1. This time, I’m afraid so, but who knows… 🙂

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  21. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Don’t Miss reading this post – for all the romantic “What if’s”. Guys need to be hit over the head – ladies!

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    1. Thank you so much for the repost 🙂

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  22. Fate or chance – that is a conundrum.

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    1. I’m a strong believer in fate 🙂

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  23. Oh this is so tragic!! And so relatable. This is why I always say to ladies, take a risk to at least tell a guy you are interested and let him take it from there. Technically, it’s not asking him out, just letting him know directly what your feelings are. Guys have to navigate so carefully these days that they miss opportunities.

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    1. Perhaps she will take the initiative with him!

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  24. How sad. If only. How many of us ask that?

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    1. I’ve had a few that I can recall!

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