DIANE

We know there are cads prowl­ing in­ter­net dat­ing sites, but Diane Cooke’s friend’s dis­cov­ery was a bit of a shocker

Cheshire Life - - Chat -

Many of us have ex­pe­ri­enced bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment af­ter in­ter­net dat­ing, although I can’t com­plain as I met my part­ner on­line.

But it’s not for ev­ery­one. A friend called me the other day want­ing to meet up be­cause she’d had a bad ex­pe­ri­ence on a web­site for ma­ture ro­man­tics.

This Cheshire lady is beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent and wordly-wise. She wasn’t look­ing for love, more com­pan­ion­ship and a few laughs. So when an age­ing rocker-type, who looked like Keith Richards, with a ta­lent for side-split­ting ban­ter and eru­dite con­ver­sa­tion, rocked up, she was be­mused.

But over the months it grew into some­thing more fu­elled by his amorous over­tures and mas­ter­fully-pro­duced glimpses of his life sent to her on an mp3.

It all con­trib­uted to her be­lief that he was a man of grav­i­tas. Although he said he dreamed of mov­ing to be closer to her, she thought it was too soon.

But then she got a huge shock when she re­ceived a mes­sage on her phone the morn­ing af­ter he had de­parted from a four-day charm of­fen­sive. It was from a lady down south who looked re­mark­ably like her, apart from the fact that she was dark-haired.

The ‘other’ woman was hurt and dis­tressed af­ter spend­ing that very night with the age­ing Lothario. So my friend, feel­ing sick, called her up. He’d also pro­fessed love to this lady, talked about a life to­gether and had even sent her the same mp3 mes­sages.

The pair com­pared times, con­ver­sa­tions, venues – they’d both been taken to the same Chi­nese restau­rant and been sub­jected to the same jokes with the owner. He’d de­clared his undy­ing love to both women and was clearly as­sess­ing who was the bet­ter bet fi­nan­cially.

They both tack­led him in­de­pen­dently and re­layed the an­swers back to each other. He’d been well and truly outed yet he didn’t go to ground eas­ily, try­ing his luck with fee­ble ex­cuses.

The ladies in the mean­time de­cided to meet up think­ing that as they had the same taste in men they may also have other things in com­mon. They did and had a hoot.

They’re now best of friends and plan­ning a girlie hol­i­day to­gether.

And they’ve promised each other that if they do any more on­line dat­ing they’ll make sure they com­pare notes first.

Here’s to girl power!

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