My Dream Date
published on 30 Jul 2020
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It was in my dreams I truly started to live. All my life I’d kind of sleep walked through the years. Almost willing my time away. Working in a crummy job. Failing at relationships. Never having money. It all seemed such drudgery. But that was the old me. Now, I’ve found the true meaning of life. Ever since I met Michelle.
I didn’t meet her in the conventional way. No, I was never one for online dating. It all seemed too seedy to me. No, this was the new way to find love. Completely risk free. No chance of picking up an STD.
I downloaded the app after reading about it online. It was free to download. Once I installed it on my phone I had to sign up. It was only then that they asked for a credit card. First month free, but they wanted a credit card anyway. I thought “What have I got to lose? I can always cancel on day 29.” It didn’t take long before I was hooked.
I brushed my teeth and went to bed. I don’t know if it makes a difference, brushing my teeth, but I wasn’t taking any chances. I climbed into bed. The sheets were cold. I turned out the light and picked up my phone. I plugged in my earphones and put the buds into my ears. I opened the app. I found Michelle’s profile straight away and clicked on her photo. Her photo slowly faded and was replaced once again by the swirling colours. Mesmerising. Strange music through the earphones. Then I was there. The phone was gone. My bed was gone.
I was in a lush green meadow with the sun high in the sky. I looked to my left and saw Michelle run by laughing. It was hard to tell what she was wearing. Her skirt, or was it jeans, seemed to shimmer. The sky went dark. Her hands over my eyes. I turned. She threw her arms around my neck and kissed me on the lips. I tasted strawberries. I tried to get her in focus, but her edges were blurred. When she spoke, her words were slightly out of synch with her lips. Like watching a film on Netflix with slow broadband. “Follow me.” she said. I hesitated, so she grabbed my hand and pulled me along. We ran into the meadow. As we ran a big wooden barn came into view. I hadn’t seen it before. Don’t know how I missed it.
We pushed our way through the door. The barn was stacked with hay. The sun beamed through the gaps in the wood, revealing the dust in the air. Suddenly Michelle was gone. Then I heard her laugh. “Over here Pete.” She was on one of the hay bales. The next thing I knew I was laying by her side. She kissed me again. I ran my hand down her thigh and she pulled me closer. I felt so happy. I closed my eyes and kissed her.
Her lips were soft. Like a pillow. I was kissing my pillow! My phone was buzzing. I picked it up. It was day 31. My credit card had rejected the payment. They’d cancelled my account.