The Most Romantic Place


“Grandma, tell me the story again about how you met Pops.”

“Well, everyone knows the most romantic place to meet is the Empire State Building, right?”

Allie nods.

“That’s where I was headed that cold, October afternoon. To meet a blind date for coffee. But I was famished, so I stopped at a hot dog stand with a purple and pink umbrella.”

“My favorite colors!”

“When the handsome young man—your grandpa—handed me a steaming hot dog drizzled with mustard, it was love at first sight.”

She giggles, her smile smudged with mustard. “No wonder I love hot dogs!”


It’s been a whirlwind, wonderful month with the addition of a third grandchild, (Jack!) my nephew’s wedding (Congratulations, Tim and Meghan!) and my favorite writers’ conference (OWFI!) but I’m happy to be back and writing again–even if it’s only 100 words a week. 🙂

Friday Fictioneers is a compilation of writers from around the world who gather online weekly, guided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge? To write a story in 100 words or less based on a new photo prompt.

And thanks for the photo prompt, Jill Wisoff! I love New York. 🙂

To read more stories in an online flash fiction anthology by Friday Fictioneer authors, click:

A few pics of my busy (though happy) month:

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30 Responses to The Most Romantic Place

  1. kasturi says:

    Such a sweet story, Jan! Brought a smile on my face.

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  2. Dear Jan,

    Such a sweet story. Oh for a Nathan’s with lots of mustard. 😉 Congratulations again on the new grandbaby. Beautiful. I love the polka dotted picture, too.



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  3. Anita says:

    So, no more blind date!
    This was in her fate 🙂
    Good story with a happy ending!

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  4. Sweet story. Reminds me a bit of Same Time Next Year. The Empire State and the Chrysler are my two favorites in Manhattan.

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Love at first sight – I do feel for her blind date, I wonder how long they waited before giving up and heading home! Congratulations on all your good news 🙂

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  6. Dale says:

    What a sweet story! There is something about New York that attracts the lovers…
    Congrats on the new grandbaby and to your nephew for his wedding and I, too, love the polka dots!

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  7. James Pyles says:

    But was it the sight of the man or the hot dog? 😀

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  8. ssteven2 says:

    Love the hot dog story!

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  9. Aww… chance encounters! You never know! Great story! ❤ 🙂

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  10. Great story, Jan. You never know when or where you’re going to encounter Mr./Ms. Right.


  11. Mustang.Koji says:

    What a lovely, lovely story, Jan.


  12. Varad says:

    A very sweet story, Jan. Congrats on the new addition to your family 🙂


  13. Awwe, such a sweet love story Jan.


  14. granonine says:

    Wonderful happy story, and many congratulations on your busy/happy month 🙂


  15. pennygadd51 says:

    You never know when you’ll meet that special person. I love how you have Grandma tell the tale to her granddaughter – kids are fascinated by such histories, aren’t they?


  16. Norma says:

    A sweet story Jan. Congratulations on your busy nut happy month.


  17. jillyfunnell says:

    Lovely story with a heart. And the polka dot ladies are fabulous.


  18. lisarey1990 says:

    Very sweet story. And congrats on all the great news in your family of late. 🙂


  19. Lovely sweet story told in just the right tone


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