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Cheeky Gentleman
April 28, 2021|Short Story

Cheeky Gentleman

Cheeky Gentleman

As she left the bakery, Esmeralda noticed that she had forgotten her wallet on the counter. Right away she turned before it was too late to get it back. As she entered, she saw Joaquín for the first time—a stocky man in a dark suit. She instantly noticed the man’s aftershave shadow.

Joaquín had dark hair, green eyes, and to Esmeralda’s surprise, her wallet too.

“Excuse me,” Esmeralda said as she approached him, “apparently you found my wallet.”

“Is it yours?” Joaquín asked as he moved it close to her. “But how can I know you are not lying?”

“Do I look like a thief?” Esmeralda asked, a little annoyed.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Joaquín said with a smile. “What do you think will be the first thing I find in this wallet?”

“You’re not going to search it,” Esmeralda said, futilely trying to grab it from his hand.

“Let me see what we have here.”

“Really…” she insisted. “Please don’t.”

“I see,” Joaquín said as he took out an identification card. “You’re ashamed of this photo. Aren’t you?”

“Well…” Esmeralda said, stepping away from Joaquín. “Now that you know it’s mine… May I have it back?”

“I think this deserves a reward.”

“You’re cheeky.”

“It’s the least you can do,” Joaquín said. “Imagine if someone else had this photo in their possession.”

“No, seriously…”

“Let me take you out,” Joaquín said. “I know a place nearby that has the best pastries. You could get a coffee, if you want, and with that the due will be settled.”

“Are you going around asking out every woman you come across?”

“This is actually very strange to me,” Joaquín said. “Since I saw you leaving this place I wished with all my heart to have a chance to meet you. It was a surprise to see you approaching me.”

“You are good…”

“Come on,” Joaquín said, “give me a chance and you’ll see, we’re going to have fun.”

“I have things to do…”

“Cheer up,” Joaquín said, taking a step towards her, “I assure you that you’ll enjoy your time with me.”

Esmeralda sighed, having him so close to her. She could see a glint in the man’s green eyes, and she crossed her arms taking a step back. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“For me it was enough to hear your beautiful voice,” Joaquín said, handing over the wallet. “Getting to know the beauty you carry inside may be too much to ask out of life. In any case, I want you to know that it was a pleasure to talk with such a beautiful woman.”

Esmeralda took the wallet and raised her face to let her gaze meet him. “…okay,” she said. “But you better be a…”

Joaquín hugged Esmeralda around her waist and lifted her up with ease, instantly leaving her on the floor. “You have made me the happiest man.”

Esmeralda fell silent and felt the warmth of Joaquín’s hand underneath hers.

“It’s a date,” Joaquín said as he placed Esmeralda’s hand on his arm. “Let’s go then, my lady.”


Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.


  • April 28, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Nice write up👏👏👏

  • April 28, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Nice one

  • April 28, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    That is an unusual and very sweet story. I enjoyed reading it. I kept waiting for something terrible but was happy it didn’t come. Lovely. Hugs 🤗 Joni

    • April 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Joni. It’s not unusual for the girls I know.

    • April 29, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      How lovely. Everyone wants love, acceptance and to feel grounded by another earthy being who accepts them for whom they are. Probably now more than ever. Hugs Joni

    • May 29, 2021 at 2:50 am

      You are right

  • April 28, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    A gentle banter of opportunity with just enough tension and release. A good flirt.

  • April 28, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Nice story. Great read. But I wished it was more real and not like a Mills & Boon story…

    • April 29, 2021 at 10:03 am

      I’m glad you like the story, but it happens more often than you think.

  • April 28, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    So cute!!!! ☕️💕 I loved it!

  • April 28, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    This really speaks to me today. Thank you.

  • Dew
    April 29, 2021 at 2:01 am

    I like the suspension in this. great story.

    • April 29, 2021 at 10:06 am

      Flirting requires talent, thanks.

    • Dew
      April 29, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      ofcourse it requires great talent 🙂

  • April 29, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Beutifully honest x

  • April 29, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Tell Christa that I’ve posted my 11 inch she wanted to see it

  • April 29, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Can you please email me musiqjared@gmail.com kindly 🙏🏿

    • April 29, 2021 at 10:16 am

      If there’s something you’d like to talk about you can use my contact form.

  • April 29, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Finding the beauty inside is what life is about.

  • April 29, 2021 at 11:36 am

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    • May 2, 2021 at 9:45 am

      It makes me happy to know you loved my story. I really appreciate you stopping by and inviting me to your blog.

  • April 29, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Peculiar ping. Thanks.

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  • April 30, 2021 at 4:59 am

    Very enjoyable, thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog too. Stay safe and well.

    • May 2, 2021 at 9:48 am

      It’s my pleasure sharing stories my reader would enjoy. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you back soon.

    • May 3, 2021 at 3:45 am

      Most welcome.

  • April 30, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Well said👏👏

  • April 30, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Nice !!🔥🔥

    • May 2, 2021 at 9:51 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope to see you back for my future stories.

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    • May 2, 2021 at 9:52 am

      It’s good to know you enjoyed it. I’ll try to come up with more stories like it.

  • May 2, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Esmeralda made a choice would like to hear more Thanks for the comment on Taboo

    • May 2, 2021 at 9:53 am

      It takes two to tango. Let’s see what happens in a future story.

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