Story Submitted by Dennis:
I first met Jeanna online, and we established a great rapport. I had no idea that she may have felt otherwise. We made plans to meet at a restaurant, then coffee.
We spoke every day during the week, leading up to the date, and on the day of, she called and said, "I have an idea for a fun change in plans for tonight. Do you know Bendigo State Park?"
I didn't, but when I looked it up, I saw that it was a solid hour away from where I lived. She said, "We can postpone dinner and whatever else. You'll like this idea. I buried something under a white birch tree there, near the parking lot. Dig it up, and then we can continue with the date."
I had a tangle of questions. "Will you be meeting me there? When did you bury it? Can this be postponed to another time?"
She said, "Trust me, it's worth it. Once you dig it up, you'll understand everything."
"Why couldn't you just give whatever it is to me in person? Could've saved us both some time."
She said, "But that would have been boring, and you said that you wanted more adventure in your life."
She was right about that, and I really liked her, so I re-framed the idea from "annoying" to "creative," and I drove out there.
There wasn't much traffic on the roads, and I parked in the lot right at dusk. There was no one else about, and I followed her directions to the tree she had described. I dug around a bit with a little spade that I had in my trunk, and sure enough, there was a little cardboard box, folded over. I opened it.
Inside was a note. It read: "Hi Dennis. I think that we'd be better as friends. Don't take it personally! Hugs, Jeanna."
She sent me off on a two-hour round trip to the middle of nowhere to tell me that she didn't want to even go out. What the fuck? I pulled out my phone, but didn't get any reception out there. I took the box with me and waited until a good coverage area, pulled out my phone, and...
...wait. What would happen? She'd pick up, probably have a good laugh at my anger, and then hang up, none the worse. No. This was a mean thing, on her part, to do, and I thought of just the right solution.
I didn't call her, and instead waited until I made it home to give her a ring. She picked up and sounded very excited. "Hi Dennis! Did you get my box?"
I said, "No. I've been home. Since it's our first time meeting, I think that I want to get to know you, first, before driving out somewhere. I'm sure you can understand. Would you drive out to the middle of nowhere if I asked you to, at this stage in our relationship?"
Long pause. Got you, sucker. She replied, "No. Fine. Let's meet."
Meet we did, and her disappointment was palpable in person. She might have taken me for a ride (literally) but I was not going to give her the satisfaction of knowing that.
After the date, I called her the next day to let her know that I didn't think we'd make a good match, and said, "So don't worry about whatever it was you buried for me out at Bendigo. I appreciate the sentiment."
"Yeah. Bye," she muttered, and hung up.
So I was a chump, yes. But so was she.
Story Submitted by Dennis: