Write a short first-person story about your first love, or write a short fiction piece about a character's first love.
I noticed him right away. He was new blood in this soul-less place. He looked kind. That was why he was so…noticeable.
I approached him with all the bravado and confidence that I had honed over the past few years.
It looked as though I wasn’t even relying on liquid confidence, as I held a diet Pepsi can in my hand. But, little did anyone know it was filled with spiced rum and hardly even burned anymore every time I took a sip.
“Hi,” I said, an actress, using my body and my eyes to say a little more than just “Hi.”
“Hi,” he said with a smile.
Little did he know I was damaged goods. Not worth much more than a, “Hi,” but I no longer had much to lose.
“How’r’ya tonight?” I asked, coyly.
“Good, and you?” he asked, politely.
The conversation quickly, surprisingly, became interesting. We talked excitedly and lost track of time. We spoke of our current situations and future dreams, and he never passed judgment, only showed curiosity, only gave me the attention I craved. I didn’t want the night to end.
His eyes, his eyes, always looking, looking for a connection. I was not used to a connection. There was only warmth there. Instinctively I knew I could trust him.
We looked at a map of his home state, his home town. We listened to music. We talked a little more about what was deeper beneath the surface. The sun was rising.
I gave in. I finally held his gaze and was just beginning to learn that I deserved it. Could I really trust this? Would there be another time? Was he really…kind?
The next day, and the next – a phone call, some letters. He cared. I started falling in love.