‘On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning’ by Haruki Murakami

murakami-haruki-1981d

On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning by Haruki Murakami, 1981

The magic trick:

Espousing a wonderful worldview

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Today’s story is a wonder of love and romance. Oddly, it’s also the foundation for the plot of a very questionable John Cusack vehicle, Serendipity, but never mind that part for now.

Let’s focus on the love and romance part. The story espouses a really cool worldview. It’s fatalistic. It’s cosmic. It’s probably exactly how the world works. And that’s quite a trick on Murakami’s part.

The selection:

How can I approach her? What should I say?

“Good morning, miss. Do you think you could spare half an hour for a little conversation?”

Ridiculous. I’d sound like an insurance salesman.

“Pardon me, but would you happen to know if there is an all­night cleaners in the neighborhood?”

No, this is just as ridiculous. I’m not carrying any laundry, for one thing. Who’s going to buy a line like that?

Maybe the simple truth would do. “Good morning. You are the 100% perfect girl for me.”

READ THIS STORY ONLINE

As always, join the conversation in the comments section below, on SSMT Facebook or on Twitter @ShortStoryMT.

Subscribe to the Short Story Magic Tricks Monthly Newsletter to get the latest short story news, contests and fun.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s