He looked at her from the corner of his eye. She half turned away awkwardly and then as if she had suddenly thought of something, she looked right back at him again. He knew it was now or never. He decided it was now.
He leaned in and kissed her.
Not the kind of kiss they show in the movies.
A soft kiss – almost like a caress.
Like a gentle breeze that blows across your face and you close your eyes involuntarily. Like tiny drops of ice cold rain – full of unspoken promises.
The kind only the very young can experience. Or the very innocent.
For a few moments he felt the sky had opened up and every tiny star had come out to applaud. He felt himself levitate and defy gravity for seconds or minutes or hours. He wasn’t sure which. He knew for sure that if he let go of her, he would fall to the ground. Every cell of his being felt transformed.
And yet when he opened his eyes and pulled his face apart – he saw her face was clouded and her eyes were welling up with tears.
What is wrong?
Did I hurt you?
Did I do something wrong?
She shook her head. He held her by her shoulders and pinned her with his troubled gaze.
Tell me. Why are there tears in your eyes?
Because I will never experience this again.
It is over. Forever.
There can never again be a first kiss.
There can never again be this sweet longing laced with uncertainty.
But there will be many more moments. Of tenderness and love. And Passion. And Togetherness.
Yes there will. But this.. this moment right now is the sweetest and the purest of them all. I know that even without experiencing the others.
There will never be another like this.
With you or with anyone else.