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Woman Invites Man She Met Online to Her Home, Then Finds His Photo at a Cemetery Before His Arrival — Story of the Day

Yevhenii Boichenko
Jul 04, 2024
03:25 A.M.

Margaret, a lonely career woman, eagerly awaits the arrival of Colin, a man she met online. But just hours before he is due, a call from a friend leads her to a nearby cemetery. There, she is horrified to see a photo of Colin on another man’s grave. Is Colin really who he claims to be?

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The sun streamed through the windows, casting a warm glow over the pristine furniture as Margaret cleaned the house.

She had always kept her home immaculate, a reflection of her orderly and disciplined life. Every corner was spotless, every item in its place. Cleaning was a routine she found both comforting and necessary, a way to fill the void in her life.

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All her life, Margaret had prioritized work and setting up her own life. At nineteen, she was already living alone, working two jobs as a cook to pay for her education.

By twenty-five, she was building a career as a restaurant manager and saving for her own restaurant. Her hard work paid off, and by forty-five, Margaret had everything—a successful restaurant, a beautiful house, and a nice car.

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Yet, despite all her achievements, personal happiness had eluded her. She always thought that once she set up her life, a family would come naturally. But when she realized she wanted and needed a family, it was too late.

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Margaret had little experience in interacting with men and even less in building a family. At work, the men were intimidated by her position and her success.

She was respected but also seen as unapproachable. Finding a partner at forty-five turned out to be much harder than she had ever imagined.

As Margaret continued cleaning, her phone suddenly chimed with a message. She paused, her heart skipping a beat, and quickly took out her phone. A smile spread across her face when she saw it was a message from Colin.

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She had recently met Colin online, and their communication had developed quickly. Colin understood Margaret; they talked about books, movies, food, and their views on the world.

They had so much in common, but there was a problem. Colin lived in another city, and they hadn’t met yet.

Margaret had been afraid to suggest meeting because she had lied about her age. She told Colin she was thirty, fearing he would reject her if he knew the truth.

She never thought their relationship would progress this far, but now she was ready to meet him in person. She typed out a message: "Colin, we’ve been talking for over a month now, and I really want to meet you."

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Margaret felt anxious, like a teenager waiting for his response. She kept checking her phone repeatedly, getting frustrated and putting it back face down.

Finally, the reply came, "That’s a great idea, Margaret. I really want to meet too, but I have nowhere to stay in the city. I don’t like staying in hotels."

Without thinking, Margaret replied instantly, "No problem, stay with me!"

Realizing that her offer might be interpreted as an intimate suggestion, she began to write that she didn’t mean it that way. But Colin responded quickly, "Great, I’ll arrive tomorrow evening. I can’t wait to meet you!"

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Everything was set; she would meet Colin tomorrow. Margaret was overwhelmed with emotions. She was happy to finally meet him but also scared.

She had lied to him about her age, and she feared that when he found out she was much older, he would leave her.

She paced around the living room, her thoughts racing. She imagined their first meeting, worrying about how he would react. But it was too late to back out now; she had to go through with it.

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The next day, Margaret was a whirlwind of activity, preparing for Colin’s arrival. She meticulously cleaned the house, ensuring every corner was spotless.

She decorated the kitchen with fresh flowers and set the table with her best dishes. The aroma of a delicious dinner filled the house as she cooked Colin’s favorite meals, ready to warm up and serve when he arrived.

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Everything was ready. As the evening approached, Margaret’s excitement and nerves grew. She was just about to sit down and relax for a moment when her phone rang. Seeing it was her colleague, Alice, she answered quickly.

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"Margaret, hi. I hope I’m not disturbing you, but I have a very urgent request," Alice said, her voice sounding strained.

"I’m listening, Alice. Did something happen at the funeral? Maybe I can help?" Margaret asked, remembering that Alice was supposed to be at a funeral that day. She had requested a day off from work for it.

"I feel so awkward asking this, but my car is stuck nearby," Alice explained, sounding embarrassed.

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"Of course, I’ll help. I’ll be there in ten minutes, don’t worry!" Margaret responded without hesitation.

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Margaret wanted to support Alice, understanding that if Alice had called her, it wasn’t just about the car. Most likely, she was struggling to cope with her husband Nathan’s death. So she quickly grabbed her keys and headed out the door.

As she drove, Margaret thought about Alice and how hard it must be to deal with such a loss. She hoped that helping Alice would provide some comfort.

Despite her own nervousness about meeting Colin, she felt a strong sense of responsibility to be there for her friend in need.

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Arriving at the scene, Margaret found Alice standing beside her car, looking helpless and distressed. Without wasting any time, she got to work. She attached Alice's car to hers with a tow rope and quickly pulled it out of the ditch.

The task was surprisingly easy, almost as if Alice could have done it herself. Margaret brushed off her hands and turned to Alice.

"All set," Margaret said with a smile, trying to lighten the mood.

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"Thank you so much, Margaret," Alice replied, her voice trembling. "I don’t know what I would have done without you."

As they stood by the side of the road, Alice's composure crumbled. She broke down in tears, unable to hold back the flood of emotions any longer. Margaret stepped forward, wrapping her arms around her in a comforting hug.

"It’s just so hard," Alice sobbed. "Ever since Nathan died, everything feels impossible. I thought I could handle today, but I can’t."

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Margaret's heart ached for her friend. She knew how much Alice loved Nathan and how difficult the past few months had been for her. "I'm so sorry, Alice. It's okay to feel like this. You don't have to go through it alone."

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Alice wiped her eyes and took a deep breath. "Would you walk with me back to his grave? I can't bring myself to go alone. The guests have left, and I can't bear the thought of going home to an empty house without him."

"Of course," Margaret said softly. "I'll be right beside you."

They walked together through the cemetery, the air heavy with the scent of flowers and freshly turned earth.

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Margaret supported Alice by the arm, offering silent comfort as they moved between the rows of headstones.

As Margaret gazed around the cemetery, her eyes were drawn to a photo on one of the nearby graves. Her breath caught in her throat as she recognized the face. It was a picture of Colin.

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She couldn't believe what she was seeing. She walked closer, her heart pounding, and compared it to the photo she had seen in Colin’s online profile. It was the same person.

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At that moment, fear and confusion washed over Margaret. What could this mean? Who had she been talking to all this time? She felt a chill run down her spine.

Margaret carefully took out her phone and sent a message to Colin, her hands shaking. "Hi, is everything still on for today?"

The reply came quickly, "Yes, of course, I’ll be there at eight!"

Margaret didn’t know what to think. She was scared, her mind racing with questions and doubts, but she knew she needed to find out the truth.

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There had to be some explanation. Maybe it was a misunderstanding, or perhaps there was another explanation she hadn't considered.

She turned to Alice, giving her one last supportive squeeze. "Alice, I need to go. But please call me if you need anything. I'm here for you."

"Thank you, Margaret," Alice said, her voice weak but grateful. "You've done so much for me today."

Margaret said her goodbyes and drove home, her thoughts a jumble of fear. As she navigated the familiar streets, she tried to calm herself. She needed to be composed and ready for Colin’s arrival, no matter what happened.

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Everything was ready: a set table, flowers, and a delicious dinner. Waiting by the door, her mind whirled with thoughts and emotions, especially the mysterious photograph at the cemetery.

As she waited by the door, peeking out the window, her mind was a whirl of thoughts and emotions.

She couldn’t stop thinking about what awaited her, who was coming to her home, and the mysterious photograph she had seen at the cemetery.

Finally, she saw a car park near the house. Her heart raced as she watched a man step out, holding a bouquet of flowers.

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But when Margaret saw his face, she was shocked. He didn’t look like the man in the photos at all. Panic set in, and Margaret quickly hid behind the door, unsure of what to do.

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Colin approached the door and rang the bell. Margaret remained silent, her mind racing with fear and confusion. The doorbell rang again, but she didn’t move. Finally, Colin spoke, his voice gentle and apologetic.

“I know you’re inside, Margaret. I can understand why you’re not answering. I don’t look like the man in the photos. I’m really sorry.”

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Margaret’s heart pounded in her chest. She hesitated, but then she heard Colin placing the bouquet down at the doorstep. “I’ll leave these here and go,” he said. “I’m sorry for the deception. I just wanted to meet you so badly.”

As he turned to leave, Margaret couldn’t take it anymore. She opened the door, her voice trembling. “Wait.”

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Colin stopped and turned around, his eyes meeting hers. He looked relieved to see her. “Margaret, I’m so sorry. I can explain.”

They stepped inside, the tension between them palpable. Margaret took a deep breath, trying to steady her nerves. “Why did you lie about your appearance, Colin?”

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Colin looked down, his expression filled with regret.

“It’s hard for me to meet someone. I have almost no experience in relationships. I was very anxious and created a profile with a photo of a handsome man because I thought no one would be interested in the real me. I wanted to tell you many times, but I was afraid you would stop talking to me.”

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Margaret listened, her heart softening. She could see the sincerity in his eyes. “It doesn’t matter what you look like, Colin. What matters is that you didn’t lie to me about who you are inside.”

Margaret gasped, feeling a pang of guilt. “I lied too. I said I was thirty, but I’m actually older... I'm forty-five. I was worried you wouldn’t want to meet someone so old...”

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Colin stepped closer, looking into her eyes. “Age doesn’t matter to me, Margaret. You’re beautiful, and I’ve enjoyed every conversation we’ve had. I’m just glad we’re finally meeting in person.”

A smile spread across Margaret’s face. “It’s funny, isn’t it? We both pretended to be someone else because we were afraid.”

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Colin chuckled, nodding in agreement. “Yes, it is. But maybe that’s a sign that we have more in common than we thought.”

Margaret felt a sense of relief wash over her. “Would you like to come inside? We can have dinner and start over, without any lies this time.”

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Colin smiled warmly. “I’d like that very much.”

They walked inside together, leaving the flowers on the doorstep as a reminder of their fresh start. As they sat down for dinner, they talked and laughed, sharing their true selves with each other.

The fear and uncertainty began to fade, replaced by a growing connection and understanding. They both knew that building a family couldn’t be based on lies, and this honest beginning was the first step toward something real and lasting.

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