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“Well,” you said to yourself with a sigh, glancing over at your heaping laundry basket of dirty clothes.  “It’s about that time again.”  Ah yes, laundry day.  Being a junior in college and living off campus, you were neglected the necessity of owning a washer and dryer for yourself, so you always had to do your laundry at the Laundromat.  It was only two blocks away so it wasn’t like it was a bad thing.  In fact, it was almost refreshing…in more ways than one.  You get clean clothes and a nice walk outside.

Standing up from your bed, you grabbed your laundry bag and dumped your dirty clothes into it.  Digging in your closet, you found your detergent and dryer sheets and threw those in the bag as well.  Tying the top off, you tossed the bag over your shoulder, grabbed your purse, and then proceeded to walk out of your house like Santa Claus…except the only thing you would be delivering would be your dirty laundry…and no one wants that.

After locking up your house, you began your ten minute trek to the Laundromat.  Usually during these walks, you people watch because it’s the best immediate attention taker that you can think of.  Surprisingly, though, there wasn’t anyone outside to watch.  This allowed you to think about the random things going on in your life lately.  Like your love life.

“If my love life were an aisle in a department store…there wouldn’t be anything there,” you mumbled to yourself.  It was true that you’d never dated, but you’ve always wondered what it’d be like.  And now that you’re a college student…actually almost done being a college student, you could start taking classes that you actually liked and focus more on your social life.  Going back to your want of a relationship, you thought back to what your friends had told you:

Just be yourself!  Everything works out when you do that!  You’ve always been yourself though…so how come nothing has happened to you yet?

Get out and see the world!  Being cooped up in the house won’t get guys to see you!  Yes, you already knew that, and so that was what caused you to start going to the recreational center to work out.  Being around those guys was just another plus to getting into shape and getting out to the public.  Yet still, not a single guy there seemed to have the hots for you either.

Start the conversation with them!  Guys are pretty shy themselves and they love it when a girl is confident enough to strike up a conversation with them!  Less work for them…guys are just lazy that way.”  That was the only method that you hadn’t taken.  Mostly because you yourself are quite shy around the opposite sex.  You never seem to have anything witty to say to them…actually you never seem to have anything to say to them.  In your opinion, it almost always feels like a one sided conversation when a guy starts talking to you.  It’s pretty sad when you think about it.

Shoving that confidence clincher to the side, you noticed that you’d made it to the Laundromat.  Entering through the front door, you heard the door chime, signaling that a new customer, you, had just walked in.  Noticing that quite a few people were in there today, you began looking around for an open washer when you suddenly noticed an extremely cute guy working on throwing some of his wet clothes into a dryer.

“Oh my…” you mouthed to yourself, bringing a hand up to stop yourself from actually saying the words.  Eyes wide, you started to do what you would normally do in this situation…panic.  Abruptly moving your gaze towards the floor, you walked over to an open washer and started tossing your clothes into it.  While you were doing this, you noticed the guy started his machine already and was sitting in the waiting area reading a random magazine.  Your friends’ words suddenly came rushing back through your head, causing your body to shudder in disapproval.  You could practically hear one of them yelling at you now.

You know what you want, so just go for it!  Nervously, you threw one more sock into the washer, poured some detergent into its small compartment, and paid the $1.00 fee to get your clothes cleaned.  Realizing that you now ran out of things to make yourself look busy, you looked over at the guy once more and decided to go take a seat next to him…you didn’t really have a choice since the two other chairs were already occupied.  You grabbed your stuff and walked as calmly as you could towards him, hoping he wouldn’t notice you, but at the same time, that he would. 

“Excuse me,” you said quietly.  The guy looked at you from the top of his magazine.  “Is this seat taken?” you asked, pointing to the open chair next to him.  You knew it wasn’t taken, but you just wanted to prove to him that you were polite, even as a stranger.

“No, it’s all yours.”  Without another word, he returned his attention back to the magazine.

“Thanks,” you mumbled, reverting back to your shy ways once more.  Placing your laundry bag and other things to the side of the chair on the floor, you started rifling through the magazines attempting to look busy once more.  Out of nowhere, you seemed to get a burst of confidence and decided to at least strike up a few words with the cute guy.

 “Hi,” you said sweetly to the guy, hoping that he’d think you were cute.

“Hello,” he responded lazily back. 

Well, so much for my confidence,” you thought to yourself, slipping lower into your seat in pure embarrassment.  Truthfully, you didn’t want the conversation to end right there.  So while looking around the Laundromat, you couldn’t help but notice all of the different kinds of detergents sitting around the room on various tables.  They all gave you a witty idea.  You couldn’t believe it.  You got a witty idea!  Feeling excited and confident, you started to flirt for the first time.

“So…um,” you began, grabbing the guy’s attention once again.  You stood up and walked across the room to grab something.  “I just wanted to say that you’re ALL I’ve been thinking about since I got a LOAD of you,” you stated, holding up a jug of ALL detergent and pointing at the swirling clothes in the washer.  You then noticed a jug of TIDE detergent and held it up just to say, “In fact, I’ve been fantasizing about walking along the beach with you and watching the TIDEs roll in.”  The lady who that jug belonged to came over to you and appeared to be ready to throw an onslaught of profanities your way, but you quickly gave up the container with a petrified look on your face that practically screamed ‘Please don’t kill me’.  Out of the corner of your eye, you could see the guy chuckling to himself but trying desperately to hold it back.

Wow, he even has a nice laugh,” you thought to yourself, trying to keep from blushing.  Seeing him stand up from his chair, you imagined him coming up to you and saying how he’d like to go on a date with you.  Instead he walked right past you and dug his clothes out of the dryer.  Feeling nervous once again, your thoughts scrambled around in your head trying to come up with something.  Noticing some DOWNY detergent, you thought of another phrase.  Tapping him on the shoulder, you tried again.

“I’m sure you put the GENT in detergent.”  You then ran over and grabbed the jug of DOWNY.  “Let me know if you’re DOWN-y to come talk with me.”  The guy laughed as he gathered up his stuff and proceeded to make his way towards the exit.  Following him, you found a jug of GAIN and held it up.  “I’d like to GAIN more knowledge about you,” you stated, trying to get some other reaction besides laughter from him.  If he didn’t say something soon, you felt like you’d start crying.  Once you saw him walk out the door, you slowly placed the container of GAIN back onto the table nearest you.

“Don’t leave me to hang up and dry,” you muttered sadly to yourself.  The environment around you seemed to all but shut up…even the machines.  It was like the whole universe pitied you at that moment.

“Guess I was never meant to date anybody,” you mumbled, looking down at the floor once more.  Before you could turn around to go sit back down, you heard…clapping?  Cheeks flaring red, you just realized that you did all of this in a public Laundromat.

“That spectacle was truly something mademoiselle.”  Turning around, you noticed an even more handsome guy standing in front of you, causing you to blush that much more.  He had sparkling blue eyes and medium length blonde hair that, for the love of God, shimmered in the light that poured in through the windows.  You also couldn’t help but notice that when he talked he had an accent that sounded…French.  “Normally someone would’ve just given up once he started walking away…but you.  You were very adamant on getting him to like you.  Perseverance is a trait that not too many have.”  He gave you a small smirk and then winked.  “You should be proud of yourself.”  You gave him a sad smile.

“Thanks.”  For a brief second, you noticed that you were actually comfortable around this guy.  You’ve never been comfortable around guys before!  But before you could begin wondering why that was, he started talking again.

“You are new at this, aren’t you?”  When you tilted your head and gave him a confused look, he elaborated.  “Flirting.  You are new at it, no?”  As much as you wanted to tell him that you weren’t, you didn’t want to lie to this man.

“…Is it that obvious?” you asked the man shamefully.  He gave you a smile in reassurance.

“Only if someone has been around love for a while.”

“Say what?” you asked, perplexed by what exactly he meant.

“Can I take you out to get some coffee?” he asked quickly yet smoothly, as if trying to cover something up.  You, however, didn’t think anything of it because you were too busy ogling at the fact that this beautiful man wanted to take you out on a date.  Your first date!

“Um…o-okay, yeah.  Sure!  I’d like that,” you stuttered out, smiling giddily.  Hearing a beep, you realized that your clothes were done in the washer and ready to be dried.  Walking quickly over to your machine, you opened the door and began grabbing clothes from within it and transferring them to an open dryer right above.  While you were busy, the man calmly walked over to you as if he had all of the time in the world.  He stood to your right as you continued to work.

“My name is Francis,” the man, who is apparently named Francis, told you tranquilly with a small smile playing on his lips.  “What is yours, mademoiselle?”  You froze for a moment to look over at him. After a couple of seconds, you gave him an answer.

“___.”  His smile seemed to grow even more.

“What a beautiful name.  You wear it well.”  Mumbling a shy thank you, you turned back to your laundry and shoved the rest of your wet clothes into the dryer along with a single dryer sheet. 

Francis seems like a nice guy,” you thought to yourself.  This could be the start of a wonderful friendship.”  Upon closing the dryer door, you heard the man talking again, but missed the first bit of what he said.  “I’m sorry, what was that?”

“Oh I was just saying that I love your creativity!  I believe that is the first time I have ever heard those pick-up lines before.  If we don’t become a thing, I may just have to borrow those for myself,” he stated with a wink.  Whoa, hold up.

“Become a…thing?”  You blushed furiously at the thought.  He nodded in response to your question, granted you hadn’t even meant to ask him.  Perhaps this was the start of something more than a beautiful friendship.  You smiled at the thought as you paid another dollar to dry your clothes.

Oh my God. I have no skill when it comes to writing a story with France in it. I am certainly no romantic, so I am sorry if this turned out to be somewhat…unentertaining? lol

Anyways, hahaha, hooray for inspiration...and amazing classmates. To give you the story behind this…story…basically my college has this new page on Facebook called ‘Missed Connections’ where people from our school can anonymously tell the person they’re crushing on, or person they wish to know, how they feel. Well there was this one about this girl who saw this ‘cute’ guy at a Laundromat up town and she never talked to him. So to make up for it, she made a shout out to him through this web page and made up an extremely-funny (punny? lol) dialogue that she wished she could’ve used on him at the time. I’d never heard of these pick-up lines before so…yeah…

I love romantic comedy stuff! :icondummywooplz:

And sorry if you’ve dated or are dating someone currently. For the sake of the story, you have been single your whole life…because that’s my situation right now and I can only relate to that. #extremeforeveralonelol

Despite what everyone claims about the poor guy, I actually respect Francis. I don’t look at him as a rapist or someone that uses girls just for sex. Although I’ll admit, this one-shot at first wasn’t gonna be for him…but then I reminded myself about how he loves to love. Seeing a girl get shot down for trying to flirt, I imagined him to be that guy to pick her back up. :meow:

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France/Francis Bonnefoy (c) Hidekaz Himaruya
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Berylbon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This was so adorable! Blush  Loved it! 
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you! :blush:
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anime-queen-88 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Please continue this!!!!!!!!!!!
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TempCartoonist Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhhhhhhhh, AND THANK YOU FOR PORTRAYING FRANCE AS NOT A CREEPER RAPIST BUT AN ACTUALLY ROMANTIC GUY.
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist
YOU'RE WELCOME~! :D
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cocopuffslover Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has made my day :D
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Yay!  I'm happy to hear that! :D
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Femdenmark92 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Wouldn't it be "mademoiselle" if the "reader" isn't married? ;)
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Hahaha, yeah it probably is.  
*whispers* I don't speak a lick of French, so thanks for having my back.  ;)  I'm actually surprised nobody caught that sooner.  I'll be sure to change it right away! :D
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Femdenmark92 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Ohonhonhon no problem, I only know basic French
Canada rocks eh XD
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Basic French? Ah crap...now I feel stupid. :P
But yeah, hahaha, I figured that since you're Canadian, you might have reasonable knowledge on the language. :D
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Rebeccaesque Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I laughed out loud hehehehhh.
Great story! Love it! <3
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Mission accomplished! :iconbooyahplz:  And thank you! :heart:
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graphicfeather Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Omg at first i thought the first guY was francis XD
LOVE THE STORY
The PUNS THEY DRIVE ME MADDDD
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Muahahaha!  I was hoping to get that impression from readers! :D lol  And thank you! :hug:
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Bkmzm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
These puns killed me omfg.
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saphira862 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aas I the only one that thought the first guy was Francis?
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Nope, you weren't~!  That was what I was trying to make people think. :XD:
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saphira862 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
U got me..
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist
:D
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saphira862 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job. :heart:
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you~! :heart:
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deathonthenile Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Orange - Rin Kagamine :la: GIF animation Clapping Pony Icon - Fluttershy 
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you! :D I'm glad you liked it!
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deathonthenile Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No problem but OMG that was a rather cringey experience

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germanpuppydog Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconclapplz:
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist
:iconbowplz: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D
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germanpuppydog Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lol
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forevergotenandbra Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Writer
So nice, that's exactly me. I'm so awkward around guys I like, but when they're my friends it's perfect. Good work!
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you! I'm the same way. :)
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karks1992 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
So brilliantly hilarious :)
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you so much~! :meow:
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karks1992 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
You're very welcome :D
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TheAwesomeHero7714 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh my goodness!! This is just too great! X3 Those were some great pick up lines!!
Haha I think I'm on the same extremeforeveralonelol boat as you are. :P But this story was great. ^_^ France... An expert in the subject of Love. ;D
By the way, I related to this story all the way until the reader actually started to talk to that guy. That would never happen with me ._.
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you~! That's exactly what I thought when I read that Facebook post!

Lol, we'll turn that boat into a yacht and then all the bitches be jellin' as we ride off into the sunset drinking kool-aid out of champagne glasses. :XD: It'll be great! bahaha

I can honestly agree with your point though about not relating to the reader flirting with the guy. I would never do that either; regardless of whether or not I came up with some awesomely hysterical pick-up lines. I wouldn't have the guts to go through with using them.
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TheAwesomeHero7714 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Haha so true!! I love pick up lines! They're so cheesy and funny, but I'd never ever use them! XP
That yacht ride sounds better than having a boyfriend! XD Drinkin Kool-aid all day man! That's the life. ^_^
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Same! :P

Lol, while everyone else is having relationship issues, we're just sippin' our problems away. Wait...we don't have problems because our epic single-ness has no need for such drama. Go us~! :iconbrofistplz:
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TheAwesomeHero7714 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Hahaha So true!! XD
All we gotta worry about is running out of Kool-Aid! X3 And that's about it! Woot! :w00t:
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
It's okay! I've got tons of Kool-aid packets in multiple flavors and a couple of jugs of the fruit punch kind. We can make so many pitchers of the stuff...we're set for months! :icondummymeowplz:
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TheAwesomeHero7714 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Yaaaay~! >w< Then you are absolutely right!! We don't have any problems! Being single has got it's perks.

(like a yacht and kool-aid) Who could as for more!? X3 This is paradise. ^_^

The power of single-ness UNITE!
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Booyah! lol

This is such a great conversation. :XD: This is honestly the hardest I've laughed all day...and I've basically laughed all day. hahaha
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bonestealer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this has to be the best thing ive ever read in my 18 years of existence!
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you! I think that was one of the greatest compliments I have ever received (for a story I have written) in all of my 19 years of existence! :D
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bonestealer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome!
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sarpndo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
lol. TOO FUNNY!!! *squeals*
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you! :D
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You're welcome.
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Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh I just love the realistic pace and the subtle amount of romance in your story. It's really funny and entertaining to read too! And I positively relate to this so very well :heart: You're absolutely amazing, my Author! Thank you for writing this! :love:
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MysticalDreams18 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for the lovely compliments! I'm glad you like it! :meow:
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ChippyMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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