Unrequited Love – Sunday Photo Fiction

(c) Alastair Forbes

(c) Alastair Forbes

“I think I’m in love.” Jeremy sighed as he sank down onto the grass.

“Say what?” Percy almost choked on the salad greens he was eating.

Jeremy sighed again, “She’s beautiful.”

“Who’s beautiful?”

“My future bride – I just saw her again.”

Percy looked at his friend in confusion. “Saw who? What are you talking about Jerm?”

“She was at the park yesterday, and again today. It must be fate…we’re meant to be together.”

“Jerm, if you don’t start making sense, I’m going to knock you from here to Michaelmas!”

“You don’t believe me!” Jeremy’s eyes were bright with unshed tears.

“Okay, okay, why don’t we go to the park and you can show me the love of your life.”

Jeremy leapt off the grass and flew down the road towards the park. “C’mon, Percy. Quick, before she leaves.”

They arrived at the park and Jeremy pulled Percy into the shadow of a tree.

“See? What did I tell you? Isn’t she gorgeous?” Jeremy was all of a flutter.

Percy looked across the sports oval to the object of Jeremy’s amorous declarations. He stared, rubbed his eyes and stared again.

“Jeremy, you great pillock, you need glasses. That’s not a lady-beetle. It’s a bloomin’ half-deflated soccer ball.”

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18 Responses to Unrequited Love – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Ste J says:

    I was suspicious at salad greens and what a great ending, I have that problem all the time…the short sightedness I mean.

    • Lyn says:

      Thanks Ste J :-) I’m glad the salad greens made you suspicious – I tried to leave a couple of clues (like flying down the road). This was a fun one to write.

  2. How disappointing for him..hahaha Well done!

    • Lyn says:

      Thanks Pat :-) I felt a bit like Jeremy when I saw the picture, I didn’t have my glasses on and knowing how much Alastair loves taking nature photos, I just thought, “Aaah, ladybeetle.” LOL “shoulda gone to Specsavers.”

  3. Funny ending. It does look a lot like that, now that you mention it. I was thinking mutant turtle shell myself. :)

    • Lyn says:

      Ahhh, now see that’s the difference between the male and female brain — make love/make war :-P
      Mind you, had it been green, I might have gone with a lovesick turtle ;-)

  4. firnhyde says:

    Knowing you, Lyn, I instantly guessed the characters were not human ;) Funny, sweet and short. Love it!

  5. Al says:

    HAHA That made me laugh :-) Brilliant

  6. julespaige says:

    A good twist yourself, ma’am. Ladybeetle indeed :)

    I posted a reply but just in case… it was the title; Fancy Footwork – as one would need in playing the sport ;)

  7. Love the “ironic” twist at the end. I wondered if Jeremy was a dog, actually, trying to his human companion to the park to retrieve the half inflated ball. Jeremy liked to chew on things. Never thought of ladybeetle bugs

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