The Big Event
by Anne John-Ligali
Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too.
Or so she hopes.
A short story about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :-
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007. Since then, Anne has been writing on and off and enjoys participating in writing groups. Twice in 2014, she won the monthly Novelicious Pintrest Prompt Fiction Competition.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.
A cute little story about connecting with people on social media, and how sometimes the perceptions we have of their personas are not always what we think. And sometimes, it hurts to think that you are not as important to them as they are to you.
But that sometimes, your importance to someone, your presence on social media, is more than you think.
Perceptions and reality are things we deal with a lot in the age of the internet, and I could feel Constance’s growing disillusion almost viscerally. And then her joy, how touched she was at the end.
I’ve been there, being disappointed by the reality of an online friend, but knowing I’d keep up the friendship anyway. Just because we didn’t click in person doesn’t mean we don’t still click online – but that disillusion remains. So I could understand Constance in a way.
I liked that it was a short story about the event itself. No build up, just dropped us straight off in the situation. It felt more real, it felt a bit like we were Constance, meeting these people for the first time and trying to match them up with what we thought we knew about them.
Definitely going to be looking out for the next one, especially if it involves the mysterious Maxwell Constance wouldn’t let herself think about?