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Second Honorable Mention

Day 1 Angel Simmons Fearfully pacing the aged floor beneath my sneakers, my thoughts are inundated with questions of What if? Should I? Do I? Burdened by a mind that tends to run away with the worst case scenario, part of me just wanted to run. You were late, only a minute or two. Regardless, I had no idea what I was doing there, in a spot so familiar to me. Maybe I should just go. I spun back on my heels and stepped to leave. My foot hit the floor as you rounded the corner off the bottom step. The smile on your face erased my doubt. I was sure that my face spoke with a soft blush and grin. I took one more step, and you met me the rest of the way. Simple awkward pleasantries and a thank you for joining me transpired. I had asked you for coffee. You got tea. I smiled, chuckled, reached for my wallet, and paid. We wondered to a table off the used path, not that there was a crowd. We sat for a moment, let us say three. You played with your cup, as did I with mine. Then, like our first message from the day prior, our words took charge. We started with the basics: work, family, past relationships, and onto just life. Most responses from either was, “me too" or “I completely understand.” I gave you my hard and painful. You gave me strong and heartbreaking. Conversation ensued for about two hours, and to be honest, I truly only had twenty minutes. Your coworkers worried, text after text. Before our departure, a brief embrace with hopes we can plan a future date. Only a couple hours later, you and I still messaging. You’d asked me to join you for a walk. I was already otherwise engaged. I apologized but I was going to be a bit longer. I called you, and knowing how badly I wanted to see you again only after a few hours, I asked you to dinner. We met in a parking lot. You got into my car. We drove and talked. We ate and talked some more. While driving back, I took your hand in mine. With a simple glance and smile, I knew right there I was falling. 15

2017 Freshwater Literary Journal  

Professional literary journal produced at Asnuntuck Community College

2017 Freshwater Literary Journal  

Professional literary journal produced at Asnuntuck Community College

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