Dear Ms Ruger,
Your short story sounded fun so I took the plunge (after all it was a very short story so I woudn’t have been wasting much time if it had turned out to be a stinker). This is a fun, fast story with good characterization for such a short piece.
Lynn is a divorcee trying to get back into the dating world via an evening of speed dating. After meeting a few “maybes” and a lot of “absolutely no ways,” she’s about to wrap up the night when the man who had made eye contact with her at the beginning finally introduces himself. Thomas might just turn out to be the man Lynn’s been waiting all night to meet.
I liked how we know something about hero’s personality before we even meet him. And how you quickly put us into Lynn’s first person POV shoes. I also appreciated how you conveyed Lynn’s dismay over some of her “dates” without making her seem cynical, bitter or mean.
I ended up enjoying this one enough to wish it was longer and to look for further books you’ve written. B for this.