Friday Fiction: #callingmrcupid


photo prompt: Claire Fuller
Photo prompt: Claire Fuller



The words flashed on the screen, the ones she’d been dreading for weeks. She’d been thrilled to discover online dating, and even more thrilled when she’d been matched with Derek. They chatted every day, sometimes late into the night. But now the moment had come:

derek_132: Let’s meet.

Her heart raced and sank in equal measures. She knew it would be a disaster, it always was. Men changed when they met her, every man she had ever known, and she couldn’t bear to lose Derek. Still, maybe this time it would be different.

medusa_1: How do you feel about snakes?


(100 words)



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48 thoughts on “Friday Fiction: #callingmrcupid

  1. Well at least she hasn’t made contact with Perseus. Personally I think men set too great store by womens’ hairstyles… Very clever.


    • Maybe in the sequel, Derek turns out to be Perseus (only that username was already taken) 🙂
      (And my hair looks like medusa’s most days – I’ve given up trying to tame the snakes)


  2. El, Hilarious. XD Poor Medusa and poor, poor Derek. You would be taking a chance with the online dating. Well written as always. 🙂 I struggled with that link until I finally trashed the blog for that story and redid it. It should now connect. I tried it and it worked finally. Thanks. 🙂 —Susan


    • thanks Susan
      sorry I’m taking so long to reply to comments at the moment – I’m busy writing! I’m glad you sorted out your link. Take care. EL


    • I’m glad it worked – it’s always difficult to know how many clues to give and I thought the picture would give away where I was going immediately, but so far only one person guessed where I was going.


  3. This was too clever. It put a smile on my face, when I read her username. You drew me in from beginning to end. I was actually feeling a little sorry for Medusa, until I read her name! lol Great take on the prompt.



  4. Brilliant. Coupled with the picture (and the fact that my story also featured Medusa) I knew where this was going as soon as I read “men changed…”.
    This was so well written. it had me smiling! Poor Medusa 😦


    • You’re the only one who guessed before the end – i thought it would be obvious just from the photo – I guess your mind and my mind are twisted in a way that other people’s aren’t 🙂
      (off to read yours in a bit!)


  5. That was perfect in so many ways! Loved the wit and humour + actual human emotions the real Medusa once felt 🙂 brilliant


  6. Fantastic stuff, EL, I know I can always count on you! I felt sorry for Medusa, but then maybe I (or you) have been too much influenced by the BBC’s Atlantis… was she originally a tragic character or a bad one?


  7. Fantastic! I didn’t see that coming. I love Medusa stories. In fact, I played Medusa in a coloring book once (but that’s a whole other story that would take more than 100 words to tell). I wonder if our heroine would do better dating if she used a series of mirrors for “face time.”



  8. This is such a great story! El, you are brilliant! This is the first time I have ever had an sort of ‘kind’ thought for Medusa. Well done! Thanks! Nan 😉


  9. Hilarious – and really well written. Every word perfectly chosen to lead us on and give us that wonderful shock of recognition when we realise what is going on. Fantastic!


  10. I have a positive feelings bout Derek. He keeps snakes and lizards and they’re going to get on wonderfully. Lovely take.


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