Finding herself single after almost 20 years of marriage, Sophie is trying her hand at Online Dating. She’s new and unsure about what is appropriate, what isn’t, and shocked by what she encounters. Follow her and her friends as they navigate life in the 21st Century.
Excerpt from 40 Something. A book about life, family, children, marriage, dating, careers, rivals, sisters, friends, technology, abuse, love, and so much more.
Sophie & Dating
It is so weird to be dating again.
I haven’t dated since the early 90s.
It’s so different now.
Before a guy would pick you up in a bar, coffee shop or at school now, my friends tell me that is not how things work. Charlie says that no matter where you go, men don’t come up and talk to women. Go to a bar and no one says boo. Go to a coffee shop and all you get is coffee. Go to the park and nothing. I’m not sure if Charlie is right, but I haven’t met a man in the real world.
It’s all online now.
This online dating thing is a bit addictive. I spend so much time going through profiles to find the ones I like, I hardly get anything done. I read the guy’s message. I think about what to say. I type mine. Then I wait for his response. You’d think I’d get stuff done while I wait, but no, I don’t. I look at other profiles. I have conversations with other men. It’s kinda cool actually. I mean, I get to chat with guys I’d never dare talk to in the real world.
We spend hours messaging back and forth to each other. It feels like a waste of time because we never make any plans to meet, just message back and forth. Once they get to know me and my situation they aren’t too interested in anything real.
A date for dinner tonight.
It’s my first date.
Charlie was kinda pissed when I told her it was for dinner. She said I should only go for coffee because he might be a bore and I’d want to escape. Lindsay thinks she’s just jealous because I got a dinner date and Charlie doesn’t get asked out for dinner or even coffee.
Charlie is amazing. I wish I was more like her. I don’t understand why she’s single and has so many problems with men.
She is much prettier than me. Her face is very pretty. If she’d exercise and lose a bit of weight she’d be a knock out. Her body has a nice hourglass shape with really big boobs. I’ve got nothing for a chest, I could be a boy I’m so flat. She’s so smart. Has a good job and is so confident about everything. I don’t know why she can’t find a guy.
My phone just whistled to let me know I have a text message.
It’s from Al. He’s the one I’m meeting for dinner tonight.
Al: Hey we still on for tonight?
Me: Yes. I can’t wait.
Al: I’m getting off earlier so we can meet at 6.
Al: Great. What are you going to wear? Something sexy?
Me: I don’t know yet.
I have a cute dress that I picked up from a thrift store yesterday after we made the date. It cost me $25. I really shouldn’t have bought it, I shouldn’t be wasting money on dresses and stuff.
Al: I like a woman in a dress.
Al: And high heels
Al: I love the colour red.
Al: Are you going to want to kiss me?
Me: I don’t know. Maybe.
Al: Maybe? Ah come on hun. You’ll kiss me.
Me: Maybe. I have to go. I have things to do.
Al: Ok babe. I’ll kiss you lots tonight.
Me: See you tonight.
I don’t know him. I don’t know if I’m going to want to kiss him. But I guess. I mean he is buying me dinner. Maybe I will want to kiss him. I don’t know. I wish he didn’t go on like that. It makes me uncomfortable. What’s one kiss?
I guess I’ll find out tonight. I better get going, I do have a lot to do before tonight.
My phone beeps with a text message. It’s from Al and there is a pic.
Oh my god.
I drop my phone.
What the hell?
The phone whistles with a text again. I’m scared to look. It might be another pic. What if my kids had my phone? I cringe. It whistles again. I pick it up and check the messages from Al.
It’s another pic and message. I’m freaking out. I don’t know what to do.
Al: What do you think hun? You like?
Me: Why did you send that?
Al: It’s fun. Send me a couple of you spread open for me.
Me: No. NO. no.
Al: Hun it’s all good. It’s just flirting. We’re adults.
Me: I don’t think so and I’m not sure I want to meet.
Al: I was just testing you. Seeing what kind of gal you are. I like that you won’t.
Al: You a good girl and I like that. I’ll see you tonight. Can’t wait.
I delete the photos of his naked, standing to attention thingy. I can’t believe he sent that to me. I don’t even know the guy and he sends me that. Why the hell did he send me that?
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Who is the story about?
Sophie is one of five central characters.
The Jaded one – The one who is bitter about men
The Romantic one – The one who is happily married
The Fun one – The one who parties and loves men
The Tragic one – The one who is hurting and lost
These are the characters I am starting with. I will draw from my life experience and the stories I read, am told, and other share with me to define the characters and their journey through life.
What do you think? Am I missing someone? Is there a type of relationship or woman that you think I need to explore and add to the group?
In her new Chicklit novel, Shannon Peel is exploring what it means to be a 40 something woman in the 21st Century. Each of the 5 women are personalities that we as woman are made up of in various degrees. We are too complex to be just one.
For more about this novel and her YA Novel, THIRTEEN, go to www.shannonpeel.com