Missed Connections

September 22, 2009
By MarkyMark SILVER, Orlando, Florida
MarkyMark SILVER, Orlando, Florida
5 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I used to put people on a pedestal. How many silver-plated statues have I erected, only to humanize them as I grew to know their vulnerable frailties?"
-Sylvia Plath


“The biggest mistake is imagining life
as it is and not as it should be.”
–Man of La Mancha

It was from across the room so I wouldn’t doubt you didn’t see me. Anyway, I kept dodging your glances, hiding behind the book shelves, spreading the paperbacks apart to catch a look at your sun-blessed skin and your allusive brown eyes and how my pulse quickened and my breath was faster and I could sense you somehow knew someone was watching you but, whatever, you remained casual and calm, patiently thumbing through the collection. It wouldn’t last long. Soon, you’d find the book you were looking for, The Martian Chronicles, and you’d glance at the various editions, their prices. You’d come to your conclusion, biting your lip and, finally, you’d walked back to the front of the store. The cashier, that old b****, saw me behind the bookshelf at the desk , not doing my job, and glared at me. I returned the cow’s look but thankfully your sweet cologne wafted through the binds of Tolstoy and self-help books pinpointing my very own problem, and I felt at ease. Life was tolerable. The total came cheap, you paid it and you gathered your belongings, your purchase. You headed for the door but suddenly stopped short and my heart froze

Did you see me?

But you were just looking for your black Wayfarers, clipped to your polo. You perched them neatly atop your brown hair and you pushed open the door and disappeared into the sunlight that bleached everything a flash of white and heat–a distant memory. My heart had yet to slow and I watched you get into your mustang and rev the engine and disappear into the bright hour, forever gone, though not from my heart or mind since.


The author's comments:
I got the idea for this very short story after reading some of the missed connection ads on Craigslist. I thought that the idea someone had a connection with you was fascinating and all too common and wanted to explore that idea from someone's point of view watching me. This is a good way to realize we are all connected in some way and we are not as lonely as we think.

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on Jun. 12 2010 at 2:53 pm
OfficialApprover PLATINUM, Orefield, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Grab life by the balls. -Slobberknocker
We cannot change the cards we're dealt just how we play the hand
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted
It's pretty easy to be smart when you're parroting smart people
-Randy Pausch

Great story, very reassuring.  I love it!  It reminds people that they aren't alone.

By the way, could someone check out my work and comment on it?  It just got published.


on Apr. 29 2010 at 11:12 pm
christian.e SILVER, Dutch Harbor, Alaska
9 articles 0 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me --Pascal

Thank you! Reading this made me feel better, I felt like well everyone was moving away from me, all my friends. And this made me feel less lonely. Connected to people.( I dont mean romantically)

on Oct. 6 2009 at 10:23 am
MarkyMark SILVER, Orlando, Florida
5 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I used to put people on a pedestal. How many silver-plated statues have I erected, only to humanize them as I grew to know their vulnerable frailties?"
-Sylvia Plath

I guess the best way to look at it is as a missed connection ad on the actual website, to those of you who found it confusing. But thank you for all the comments and support. I've actually been writing for over 10 years now so it's nothing new - since I'm in college now, I'm simply taking it much more seriously. Thanks!

AnnieC SILVER said...
on Oct. 5 2009 at 7:23 pm
AnnieC SILVER, Council, Idaho
5 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can gather all the news I need on the weather report. Hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile." Simon and Garfunkel 'The Only Living Boy in New York'

You're right, there was something special in it that made it quiet and vaguely romantic.

Anj16 GOLD said...
on Oct. 5 2009 at 2:53 pm
Anj16 GOLD, Eagan, Minnesota
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there was a somber and old romance feeling in it and i really like it.

AnnieC SILVER said...
on Oct. 2 2009 at 10:29 pm
AnnieC SILVER, Council, Idaho
5 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I can gather all the news I need on the weather report. Hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile." Simon and Garfunkel 'The Only Living Boy in New York'

Hey, I've done this so many times. I've always looked at it as a missed chance, something that I should have acted on. Thanks for showing me that it still is a connection, and that we're making them everyday. You're a fantastic writer...I didn't find a single sentence that didn't sound right to me.

on Oct. 2 2009 at 8:27 pm
AshoIncognito, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas
0 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind --Dr. Seuss

This is something we can all relate to, unrequited love, especially with the difference in clique/money status/blah blah blah anywho, this was really well written. I wished it would have been longer, but at the same time it was so nice and succintly well-written. You have a talent, keep going! =)

on Sep. 30 2009 at 5:47 pm
storyofmylife PLATINUM, Mt. Olive, Alabama
27 articles 0 photos 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
If life gives you lemons. Paint them green and pretend they're limes.

wow!!! i loved this... outstanding job... you should totally write more...

eMiLyP GOLD said...
on Sep. 30 2009 at 4:37 pm
eMiLyP GOLD, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
13 articles 6 photos 127 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is short; speak your mind, say what ya wanna say, and do what ya wanna do (as long as you don't get caught!).

That was really great. It was a little bit confusing to me, but then again, that might just be me. I really like it though. It was a good start. I really hope to read more from you!

windblossom said...
on Sep. 30 2009 at 9:14 am
windblossom, Hyderabad, Other
0 articles 19 photos 88 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The caterpillar does all the hard work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity"

Really well written! :)!

on Sep. 28 2009 at 7:33 am
OMGitsCHARLAY GOLD, Canton, New York
12 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"No one told me there were penguins in these cookies!!!!" ~ Me, Sophomore Year.

For its short length, this is actually really great. I hope to see more from you!


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