That Awkward First Date

“So, whaddya like to do?” Dumb! Why did you ask that?

“Um, well, I like reading.” Crap! Now he’s going to think I sit at home and knit.

“Oh. Reading.” And probably knitting.

Say something; say something. “So, what do you like to do?”

“Me?” Think of something impressive. “Uh; not much. Mostly I …” Impressive! “I …like movies.”


She’s not impressed.

“I …I like movies, too.” Like everybody does “What’s a favorite?”

Say it. You’ve bombed the date anyway. “Actually; Big Trouble in Little China.

What?? “No way. Me, too!”

“No way!”


“So… wanna go get Chinese?”


Enacted for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week: Romance

November 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a romance. Focus on the relationship between two people. Build tension and end on a happy(ish) note. Go where the prompt leads!

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Photo Credit: Lily Banse

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28 thoughts on “That Awkward First Date

    • Chelsea Owens November 26, 2019 / 8:44 am

      Makes me glad I’m not dating. 🙂


  1. masercot November 26, 2019 / 6:36 am

    Reading, writing and cooking. I’ll be damned if I go whitewater rafting just to impress a woman…

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    • Chelsea Owens November 26, 2019 / 8:46 am

      😀 That’s fine. You ought to go for a woman who is literate and hungry anyway.

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  2. petespringerauthor November 26, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    Funny stuff, Chelsea. There’s a special kind of awkwardness with a first date. First, there’s the “I’m blowing if feeling,” Then there’s that “how the hell am I ever going to get out of here feeling?”😎

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    • Chelsea Owens November 26, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      I know! So much awkwardness. I hope I don’t ever have to go through it again!

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  3. CarolCooks2 November 26, 2019 / 7:51 pm

    I can relate to that although it is many ago I think that the first date is always stressful trying to find common ground…Is that image China Town in London…I love China Town ours is in Bangkok and I love it always so vibrant 🙂 xx

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    • Chelsea Owens November 26, 2019 / 11:10 pm

      I couldn’t find out, but London looks about right.
      I’m definitely glad I’m not on the dating scene!

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      • CarolCooks2 November 26, 2019 / 11:11 pm

        So am I Chelsea it was hard way back when …Goodness knows what it is like now…I hope you and baby are keeping well 🙂 x


        • Chelsea Owens November 26, 2019 / 11:13 pm

          Just looked at the image source. It says Singapore. 🙂

          Thanks; baby’s coming out on Monday around 5!!

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          • CarolCooks2 November 27, 2019 / 12:40 am

            How exciting…Good Luck…Look forward to seeing the baby pics xxx

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  4. Charli Mills November 27, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    So well-paced to show the tension and struggle of a first date. Brilliant romance! HEA, too.

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  5. H.R.R. Gorman November 28, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    Oh noooo, that movie? Haha, guess they’ll hit it off well, though!

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    • Chelsea Owens November 28, 2019 / 8:52 pm

      My husband told me it was an epic one. Are you telling me he exaggerated? 😉


      • H.R.R. Gorman November 29, 2019 / 8:23 am

        I just found it a bit cringey. I think if you saw it long ago and have nostalgia, it works, but otherwise I have my doubts.

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