january 2018 writers club prompt
MR Writers Club Prompt: The One That Got Away (and Other Missed Connections)
12.31.18

Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it and then send it to us (write@manrepeller.com) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner on the first Saturday of every month. Ready? Let’s go.


One time, when I was in college, I saw a gorgeous girl while out at a show. Or maybe it was a party, or a bar, or a show at a party in a bar — where I was doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I saw this gorgeous girl, stared at her in what I thought was a discreet manner for a majority of the night until, as luck would have it, we both had to pee at the same time and I ended up directly behind her in the bathroom line. Now, I don’t want to get into all the murky details (shut up, I do remember them!), but somehow we ended up making out briefly in a stall and then… that was it. She slinked out of the bathroom before me like a sly, sexy minx. I assumed I’d see her back out on the dance floor, but as soon as I reached it and craned my neck to find her, she was gone.

Sike. Just kidding. That was just an exercise! But if I were answering this month’s writer’s club prompt I would continue writing the story of that fictional night because this month’s prompt is all about “the one that got away.”

Have a missed connection tale? Are you down to give us a brief account of a brief encounter that you’ve always dreamed about extending? Or maybe the one that got away, for you, is not a person but rather a pair of sneakers or sequin dress or or or, I don’t know, a puppy?! This can be taken in quite a few directions, so as long as it’s 500 words or less, go wild. Email your tales, real or imagined, about “the one that got away” to write [at] manrepeller [dot] com on or before January 25th. Can’t wait to read.

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