The writing prompt I chose is "Regret".
She sat still almost mannequin like in the window of the coffee shop waiting. At the back of the café almost hidden out of sight a man sat looking at her, he glanced at his watch and noted how long she had been staring into the same cup of coffee. 40 minutes was a long time for anyone to stare like that and he wondered what she was thinking, what she was hoping for and how long she would stay like this before giving up and leaving.
He watched as she played with a napkin delicately between her slender fingers and realised that she was smiling a slight smile to herself. What a beautiful face she had, serene and yet knowledgeable of the world around her. He felt almost intrusive in his curiosity but for a reason only known to him just couldn't take his eyes away from her.
A little girl and her mother stepped in from the freezing cold outside and the door chimed as it closed behind them. He had desperately wanted kids with Kate but it wasn't to be and in the end it was what had broken them apart. She had been all about her career and he had just wanted to have a family and settle down somewhere, anywhere that he could call home. Their divorce had been spiteful and mentally draining and he never thought he would ever get another chance at love again. Kate had told him that he would never meet anyone as he lived in a dream world and the perfect life he desired just didn't exist. He regretted the waste of 10 years of his life and would never forgive her for what she had done to him.
"Right" he whispered out loud whilst preparing to stand up and walk across the room to the women sitting in the window. "Good Luck" said the owner of the coffee shop "Go get her" he smiled back at the man who had known him for years and had got him through many a difficult day with a cup of coffee and a smile...............................This was it, this was the moment he had waited for all year, the time had come to meet this extraordinary woman who had caught his eye on the dating website and who he had been chatting to for a whole 11 months. He had sat and watched her for long enough and knew that she was as beautiful inside as she was outside. He placed a white rose in his jacket pocket and began the longest journey of his life, a journey which would hopefully mend his heart and finally give him a future full of hope. This time he would have no regrets.....................................