Story Sent in by Oliver:
I was out at a pub with a group of friends when I met Erin. One of my friends had brought her along, and she and I fell into conversation. We ended up talking for close to two and a half hours, and by the end of the evening, I had her number and a pretty good feeling about her.
Our first date was short, a learn-more-about-you-over-coffee thing. It was noncommittal and friendly, and I think that we both liked everything that we heard about the other, as there was a second date.
I had the idea to take her out for a picnic in a local park. It started out great, and my good feeling had grown into a great one. She had a great sense of humor and was very bright, two things together that had been lacking from any relationship I'd had in recent memory.
After we ate, she slid onto her back on the picnic blanket, and I lay down next to her. She pointed up at the partly cloudy sky and said, "That cloud looks like Australia."
I pointed to another and said, "That one looks like a baseball cap."
She pointed to a long one, closer to the horizon. "That one looks like a dinosaur's tail."
I said, "Or a very large toenail."
She said, "Fine. I'll settle this," then stood up and walked off. I jumped up and followed her to another couple, around our age, who sat on a nearby bench.
"Excuse me," Erin asked them, "Can you tell me what you think that cloud looks like?" She pointed to the long cloud in question. "We're having a disagreement that maybe you can settle."
The couple looked at the cloud and the guy said, "It looks like a short snake."
The girl said, "Or a long worm."
"Or a dinosaur's tail?" Erin asked, hopefully.
They looked at it again and the girl said, "I guess it could look like a dinosaur's tail. Sure."
Erin turned to me and said, "Told you! They think it looks like a dinosaur's tail."
I asked the couple, "Could it also look like a big toenail?"
The girl replied, "Absolutely."
I smiled at Erin, thinking that this was all in good fun. She turned red, said, "You're all in this together! It looks like a dinosaur's tail! You're all stupid!" and she stomped away.
Surprised, I left the staring couple behind and caught up with Erin. To my further shock, she was crying. I tried to talk to her, but all she would say was, "I want to go home."
Her home was a long walk, a semi-long bus ride, or a short drive away. I offered to drive her, but she said that she'd rather walk. As a last-ditch effort to save things, I told her, "Maybe dinosaur tails look like toenails to certain people."
She replied, "Shut the hell up. I'm going on vacation," and continued on her way.
I called her a couple of times after that date and left messages for her. She never responded. All over a stupid, toenail-shaped cloud.
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