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One Night Stand – How to Say a Graceful Goodbye

How many times have you done the “walk of shame” after a wild night with a complete stranger? Come on, admit it — if you haven’t done it, you’ve thought about it, or you’ve come a bit too close for comfort. What is incredibly hot at night can be astonishingly bad in the light of day, both in terms of your conscience and in terms of the person you wake up next to.

As uncouth as it may sound, the term “Coyote Ugly” might apply — a person so ugly that you would rather chew off your own arm like a trapped coyote than risk waking them as you climb out of bed.

So how do you say goodbye gracefully, with no strings attached?

Walk out before dawn. Don’t fall asleep. Give them a sweet kiss goodbye, thank them for a good time, and let yourself out. Walk away with a smile, and remind them to lock the door behind you — it is the right thing to do, and an added touch of “sweetness” to your goodbye that will make them smile, too.

Tell a white lie. Tell them you have to be at work during the wee hours, or tell them that your live-in love will be coming back home soon, and you want to beat them there. Always end it with a smile and a “thank you” before you walk out the door.

Give a fake number. If you know you will never see them again but they insist on your number, give them a fake one. Hopefully you remembered to give them a fake name, too. Sometimes telling a little story can get you out of a tight jam. They will think of you as a jerk in the long run, but in the short run, it’s a way of escaping that doesn’t turn into an ugly scene.

Be completely honest. Tell the person you are with, that you had too much to drink, got in over your head, wanted to get revenge on someone, etc. Tell them you are sorry that you pulled them into your own issues, and tell them that while you enjoyed the night, it won’t happen again. End of story.

Wait until they are sleeping. Dress quietly, and before you walk out the door, go to the bathroom mirror and write something like “you were great!” in lipstick. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. It’s a way of making someone smile while you are moving on from the one-night stand, and there’s never any harm in that, is there?

About Denise Brienne

Confident, fun, well-rounded and sexy. Those are words that describe author Denise Brienne, a thirty-something woman who has a knack for giving the best advice to those who want to spice up their intimate relationships.


  1. make sex with your partner its comes from heart, you can feel the Romans with here < tell her love her, when you want to go with sex with her ,and say thank you after all,so they give you easily another time

  2. I think its more of a comical article than stupid. Just take it lightly and i think the article is pretty solid. Funny stuff! Keep up the good work!

  3. this article is stupid. it makes me wonder if this person has actually had a one night stand…. im a “dont burn bridges” type of gal.
    If it meant only fun, leave it the way it is. Plus, its always good to have that person as an amicable “back up” if youre ever feeling frisky.
    If it wasnt great sex – who cares – giving a fake number probably isnt the way to go. Technically, youre the person who took the risk of bad sex when you decided to sleep with them.
    Its like Russian roulette!

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