The Most Memorable Kiss

Once upon a time, I was having a rough day. The kind of day that makes you want to surrender, but then you realize there's no one willing to take prisoners. Professors and friends and bosses and parents. Deadlines and obligations and winter rain. I managed to get through the whole nasty day knowing that my boyfriend was meeting me for dinner. He was he kind of guy that could smile at me, and suddenly I couldn't remember my own name. More to the point, I didn't care that I couldn't remember my own name.

He was a little distant at dinner, and even more so after dinner. I started to get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Sure enough, no good-night kiss for me. The subtle step back ... yeah, that kind of rejection was just perfect to finish off the day. Then, he says something about coming down with a cold and he didn't want me to get it because he'd feel really bad if he made me sick. Interestingly enough, I knew he meant it. He was just that considerate. Of course I understood, of course I couldn't be mad, of course by that point I just wanted to die and be done with it. So he says good-night, and I sink onto the couch. Just sitting there. Staring at the floor. Too depressed to even cry about it. All the life crushed out of me.

I hear something. I look up. He's standing in the doorway, looking at me. And I look at him and he looks at me and I look at him and I'm just too defeated to even work up the energy to pretend that I'm ok. And he smiles. A rather particular smile that seems to say "I know I'm going to regret this ..." And he kisses me. Until everything else just fades away. He whispers "I couldn't leave you, not like that." I don't know who was more surprised, me or him. The tone as captivating as the message, laced with undercurrents of the amused self-awareness that he would abandon practicality and logic for me.

Occassionally, I still hear that whisper. Like an almost-kiss on the back of my neck. In fact, just this week I heard that tone in his voice when he called from half-way around the globe. As soon as I heard his voice, I knew he had read the post about the attempted break-in. I also knew he would re-arrange his trip to come home early. Because he loves me beyond reason. Which makes everything else just fade away.


..and then comes the sniffles and sinus pressure and you are down for two days dripping green stuff. How romantic!

King of Fools | 09/28/2004 - 03:00 PM

Oh, ye of little faith ... I did NOT get his cold!

And I'm the kind of girlfriend that makes chicken-noodle-soup from scratch, including enough for the roommate :)

Lucy | 09/28/2004 - 07:05 PM

How beautiful. Peopel think young love is so neat. Let me tell you there's nothing like love that has survived the years? How sweet!

Mrs Darling | 09/28/2004 - 07:14 PM sweet! But, let me tell you....I knew it wasn't just any old memory from the very beginning of the story...I knew the kiss was from the hubby... :)

Sheilah | 09/29/2004 - 04:13 AM

Goosebumps! How wonderful to be loved so unselfishly.

Earth Girl | 09/29/2004 - 01:48 PM

That is a wonderful story. I hope I have someone like that in my life someday!

goodsnake | 10/05/2004 - 04:31 PM


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