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FF – Wedding Day

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Today’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz.

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Copyright Ted Strutz

 

Geoff honked impatiently as he waited to board the ferry, his face a mixture of rage and embarrassment. The weather matched his mood, the rain unrelenting. He angrily ripped off his bow tie.

Why did she wait until he was stood at the front of the church to decide not to bother turning up? He’d even sent her thousands for the plane ticket.

Everyone had been supportive, of course. But he knew they were whispering… I told you so.

He would find her, long boat ride notwithstanding. After all, how many women called “Noon” could there possibly be in Thailand?

 

  1. June 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Ha… how many indeed… it could of course be a scam… it will take a few more hours for him to realize that.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:27 am

      At least he’ll get a nice holiday out of it. If he has any money left…

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  2. June 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Poor dude! 😦

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Don’t believe everyone you “meet” on the Facebook 😦

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  3. michael1148humphris
    June 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I smiled, not at him of course, great writing.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Thanks! I smiled too, though it’s a bit sad really 🙂

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  4. Adam Ickes
    June 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Only one, I’m sure. Should be easy enough to find, no doubt.

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  5. June 21, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Poor Geoff! Super take on the photo! Well done as always! 🙂

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:29 am

      You’ve got to feel sorry for the silly fool 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  6. June 21, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! Talk about a needle in a haystack! Talk about a gold digger!

    Ah, such is life for the desperate guy who has a good heart and not much in his head.

    Five out of five Western Union money transfers. 😀

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

      Yeah, the poor guy. I wonder when the penny will drop?
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. June 22, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Noon in Thailand? Could the answer be … many? I’m not good at Thai names, but probably more than you’ll find around here.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

      I looked up “most popular Thai female names” on the Google 🙂 He’ll find quite a few I think.

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  8. June 22, 2017 at 6:19 am

    it might not even be her real name. i doubt if he’ll ever find her.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 6:27 am

      If she exists, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t want to be found.

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  9. June 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

    A tale told well, loved it. But alas, poor groom!

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  10. June 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Poor guy, although really he should have seen the scam coming. I guess his heart over-ruled his head.

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      It happens quite often, I always find myself wondering why people send a fortune to people they’ve never actually met.

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  11. June 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Ha, ha. Poor Geoff. I wish him luck. Maybe he’ll meet someone else on the trip. I probably shouldn’t laugh, poor guy. Good writing, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      I didn’t know whether to smile or feel sorry for hum either 🙂 I’m sure he’ll find “a” Noon, if not not “the” Noon!

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  12. June 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Something tells me there are many Noons, Dawns and Morning Stars. 😉 Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      There are indeed many “Noon”s 🙂 But you never know, he might be lucky!
      Ali

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  13. June 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Ouuuuuuu- Ouch! That burned. A common name, good luck finding her… Great story!

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I don’t give much for his chances 😦 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. June 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Oh the poor fool… what the hell was he thinking?
    Well done, Alistair!

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      What indeed? Desperate for love 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  15. June 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Haha! Without me knowing, I believe he has quite a job ahead 😀

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  16. June 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    In Thailand? Maybe half a million or more? It’s sort of like “Jane Doe” in America!

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Yes, I Googled “common girls’ names in Thailand” especially for the story 🙂 I did my research and everything!

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  17. June 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    😆

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  18. June 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Oh no, poor guy! He got stood up and ripped off at the same time! I hope he finds this “Noon.”

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    • June 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      He won’t 😦 But he may find “a” Noon and still be happy 🙂

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      • June 22, 2017 at 11:54 pm

        Well…that’s true. If he can trust another woman!

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      • June 23, 2017 at 5:58 am

        I think trusting people comes quite easily to him 🙂

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  19. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    June 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    My heart was breaking for this poor guy. Then the last line made me laugh. Well done.

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    • June 23, 2017 at 5:57 am

      I feel sad for the poor guy but he was just a little bit silly (and it seems he still is!). I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  20. June 23, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Oh dear! Though from the Thai brides I have met in England, he’s had a lucky escape. They come with huge families and strange attitudes.

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    • June 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Yeeks! I’ve never met one myself. A friend of my dad’s is married to a Thai woman but I don’t know them myself. I knew some Thai girls at university. Lovely girls, spicy food!

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  21. Lyn
    June 23, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Poor sap! I feel sorry for him, but want to slap him for being such an idiot.

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  22. June 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    (until he was stood at the front of the church – the “was” isn’t needed in this sentence – probably just missed in your last edit.)

    Poor old Geoff. Mail order brides ain’t what they used to be, now that Facebook has arrived. Great take on the prompt, Ali.

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    • June 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      No, they’re everywhere now. Or nowhere, in Geoff’s case!

      As for “was stood” – it doesn’t sound like quite the tense I wanted without the “was”. However, I admit it’s a bit colloquial – proper English for the tense I wanted would have been “was standing” 🙂

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  23. June 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Got that wrong and he’s about to make another expensive mistake by searching for her methinks! Nice one.

    My story – ‘An empty bottle’

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    • June 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Indeed he is. I’m sure he’ll have a lovely time in Thailand, however 🙂

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  24. June 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    It’s probably a good thing he didn’t answer that personal ad from North Korea…

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    • June 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

      He’d probably have been a big hit for the three minutes before he got arrested for being a foreigner.

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  25. June 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Oh dear, I hope his anger can sustain him, because he’s in for a long search

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    • June 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

      It’ll be an adventure at least…

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  26. June 24, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Well, at least he won’t grow bored.

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  27. June 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Poor Geoff. Although, shouldn’t he have checked she was in the country before he getting to the church on time? I think maybe he should cut his losses.
    Great last line turning this sad tale into a laugh.

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    • June 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Some might say he should have checked she actually existed before sending her all that money…
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  28. June 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    As awful as it is, maybe Geoff is better off without her. Poor guy. Loved the story. :o)

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    • June 26, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Sorry, your comment randomly fell into the spam folder 😦
      You’re right – and maybe with any luck he’ll find a much nicer person while he’s out there 🙂

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  29. June 24, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I think he may struggle to find her! Nice piece.

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    • June 25, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Yes, he hasn’t really thought this through 😦

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  30. June 24, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I couldn’t turn up, so sorry. I broke my leg in a terrible accident and cannot get it fixed properly as I cannot afford the hospital bill. Can you please send me $8,500 to cover the cost of surgery. I shall probably need lots of physio afterwards so probably best to round it up to $15,000. Love you big time xxxxxxx

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    • June 25, 2017 at 6:08 am

      Noon, Noon, is that you? I understand completely and will transfer the money immediately…

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      • June 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm

        You forgot to say Hi(gh), Noon! 🙂

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      • June 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        What a great pickup line that would be. And you could use it every time you met up 🙂

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  31. June 26, 2017 at 11:34 am

    The girl, Noon, obviously played him for a fool, all the way. It’s sad, but not all doom and gloom. I’m sure he’ll have a great holiday in Thailand and probably find many more Noons. I hope he doesn’t go proposing to too many. He’s obviously the gullible type and he has to learn to wise up! He might be bankrupt at the end of it, of course. 🙂

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    • June 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Maybe he’ll come back happily married to Noon II 🙂

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      • June 26, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        In which case, let’s hope Noon II isn’t a clone of Noon I. 🙂

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      • June 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm

        🙂

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  32. June 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Great take on the prompt, Ali. From looking at the photo, I just kept thinking horror—the mist—etc. But, as you said, this story is (at the very least) tinged with melancholy. Alternatively, can I say it’s a quirky story (that’s not about disembowling orcs, unless Geoff runs into some of those in Thailand)?! 🙂

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    • June 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      It’s too hot for orcs in Thailand, or so I hear. I’m glad you liked it!

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      • June 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm

        You know, different cultures, similar things. Apparently Philippine culture has a vampire-like flying creature (I’m thinking maybe with a woman’s face), so, anyway there’s some crossover in mythologies I guess! You’re probably right, though; in Thailand, as in China, maybe monkey kings and hungry ghosts and brides with white hair and such are what prevails rather than orcs. Orcs are more, how should we say in a non-impolite way, Anglo-Saxon fears made manifest maybe?

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      • June 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm

        Wasn’t it the Great Bard who wrote, “an orc by any other name would slaughter you as bloodily?”

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  33. June 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    A new scam artist. Good twist on the photo. Well written.

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Thanks! Sadly, stuff like this does happen. Though maybe not to the point of the wedding day!

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  34. June 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The poor fool. I imagine his despair will get much worse once he gets to Thailand and starts asking around for Noon. I would bet he’ll get robbed within 24 hours of arriving too, being such an easy mark and all.

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:12 am

      This trip could be a disaster or the biggest adventure of his life!

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  35. June 28, 2017 at 6:45 am

    MOL…great story, poor guy…MOL 😀 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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    • June 28, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Poor guy indeed. Maybe he’ll have better luck when he gets there 🙂

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