I Foresee a Night with ISBN: 0517886073

Story Sent in by Lily:

Simon wrote to me over a dating site. In his first message, he asked me if I wanted to meet up at a library to read together. It struck me as unconventional, although a poor way to get to know somebody, so I suggested a cafe instead.

He wrote back: "Let us compromise: a first meeting at a library cafe?"

It was weird, but not enough for me to completely dismiss him over it. We met up, as he had wished, in a library cafe. He was already sitting down when I arrived, at a table with two chairs. He sat in one, and a stack of books sat in another.

"Hey," I said, "Mind if I move these?" and I made for the book stack.

He said, "Don't you dare move them. That's where the books sit. You have to find alternate arrangements, I'm afraid."

Okay, then. I found an empty chair at another table, pulled it up, and sat down in it, next to where the books sat. Simon said, "Let's hope that someone else doesn't need that chair. It was at that other table for a reason."

I replied, "Would you rather I just left you alone here with your books?"

"At least they don't talk back. So yeah, I might like that."

I stood up and made my way out of the room. He called, "Hey! Don't disrespect this place! You put that chair back! Hey! I'm talking to you!"

Forgive me if I was a bit more concerned about being disrespected, myself.


  1. In my head this man had Sheldon's voice from The Big Bang Theory.

  2. Clever title, Jared! If anyone is curious, this is a real ISBN:


  3. BTW, I see they are selling that book used... I think that's the ONE book I'd never want to buy used... And keep it away from a blacklight! LOL

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  5. He obviously will spend the rest of his life single and frustrated wondering why he can't get any..


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