My friends and I went speed dating and we all fell for one girl


As we made our technique to the venue, my good friend Hoppo and I informed Chas what to anticipate, what to look out for and what to not do. 

This wasn’t our first rodeo. It was our second.

Chas, a good friend of ours, had simply damaged up along with his girlfriend after eight years collectively. When the chance to go pace relationship once more got here up in 2017, I believed it may very well be simply what he wanted. 

Once we arrived, we joined a queue of individuals, whom we might clearly be having awkward, fleeting interactions with in a matter of minutes.

I overheard one lady speaking about JD Salinger to a good friend and tucked that away for later. 

When attempting to fill 5 minutes of chat with an entire stranger you want all of the ammo you will get. And similar to in struggle, I needed to take down my rivals.

My first act of sabotage was to attract a penis on Chas’s clipboard. That is the place you set a tick subsequent to the desk quantity the place the lady you want sits.  

He must clarify it to each lady he met as he lurched from one desk to the subsequent. 

A pace relationship virgin, Chas had simply learnt the primary rule of the sport: By no means go away your clipboard unattended.  

When time was up, we regrouped as associates as soon as extra and went to the pub for a debrief.  

It appeared not many connections have been made and the entire expertise left Chas a bit chilly. One identify did pop up for all of us nonetheless: Phoebe. She was handsome, brunette; good, humorous, and laid again. That’s why we appreciated her.

As we talked, between considerate slurps of beer, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than we realised what none of us had thought-about going into this: We might all like the identical lady. 

Excited about it now, it wasn’t inconceivable she might decide all of us. 

With pace relationship, as soon as all votes have been counted and verified, you obtain a textual content the subsequent day to tell you who you matched with. 

At finest, a date with Phoebe and a lifetime of gloating. At worst, the potential destruction of friendship spanning over 10 years. It was a threat we have been all prepared to take, within the slim hope of some motion. 

Hungover, the very first thing we did that morning was test our telephones. However nothing. 

We trotted off to the closest café, just like the dropping workforce on The Apprentice, for some tea and to dissect why the night didn’t go as we hoped. 

After all, as undertaking supervisor, Chas would blame me as a result of I drew a penis on his clipboard and I pointed the finger at him for his lack of pace relationship expertise.  

Then, somebody’s cellphone went off. It was mine. It was Phoebe. However then one other ping. It was Hoppo and it was Phoebe once more. A tense jiffy handed and we thought that was it. However then Chas’s cellphone sang. The worst-case state of affairs had occurred. She had picked all three of us.  

We now had a dilemma (Image: Lee Penfold)

From today forth we might be referred to as Phoebe’s boys.

‘Did she know we have been there collectively?’

At the very least considered one of us had talked about it, certainly?

‘She set us up!’

The accusations flew wildly over our poached eggs.

‘That’s my girlfriend you’re speaking about!’

‘Who’s taking her out on a date then?’

Did Phoebe pull this merciless trick on goal, having seen us are available collectively, or did she merely not wish to go away anybody out and spare one or two damage emotions? 

No matter her purpose, we now had a dilemma.  

Friendship performed an element in our resolution in the long run. Hoppo and I believed that in any case that Chas had been by, he ought to go for it and we might step apart. 

In addition to, I believe Chas was extra smitten with Phoebe than me. I don’t even bear in mind our date now. Whereas Chas remembers: ‘…then I sat throughout from Phoebe. She had a glance I appreciated instantly that set her aside from the opposite ladies within the room. She spoke with a form of intelligence and self-deprecating humour which I discover engaging.’ Deep.

I believe it was solely my shotgun strategy to hurry relationship this time spherical that bought me a match. Ticking as many containers as doable, I hedged my bets. Maybe that’s what Phoebe did too. 

Ultimately, none of us went on a date with Phoebe. 

Chas messaged her just a few occasions after which, silence. As he put it: ‘Solely 5 minutes to satisfy and 5 messages to finish.’

Speaking to Hoppo in the future, he confessed to me he had contacted Phoebe someday after Chas’s try and bought the identical therapy.  

I couldn’t consider it. I believed Phoebe’s boys had disbanded however she nonetheless had a maintain over us.  

A while handed, and never having many prospects, I satisfied myself I deserved a shot at Phoebe. Maybe I used to be the lacking a part of the puzzle, the one Phoebe had been ready for all this time. 

So I fired off a WhatsApp late one Saturday night time and, embarrassingly, by this level within the story, Phoebe not knew who I used to be, nor did she care.

I needed to then awkwardly clarify that I had matched along with her one time at a pace relationship occasion many lifetimes in the past.

She informed me she wasn’t even residing on this nation anymore and had moved away along with her aunt.  

Being single makes you do loopy issues typically. Like pace relationship.

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