What Took You So Long?

4 Feb

Out of the corner of my eye, I catch her playing with a few strings of her chocolate brown hair. Without a doubt, the nervousness that surrounds us outweighs our confidence by a mile now. I watch her feet tap the ground at a rabbit’s pace as she sips some fancy cocktail the waitress placed in front of her on a waterlogged coaster. Pretending not to notice as she glances down at her watch for the third time in the last ten minutes, my mind starts racing. Relying on instinct, I place my trembling hand atop of hers. I find myself transfixed on the sound of her breath as our eyes meet for what seems like the very first time.

Then I heard her voice.

“What took you so long?” she whispers with a smile gracing her gorgeous face.

And with that seemingly simple question, I found myself entranced with each subsequent word that spilled from her lips.

What took me so long?

I’m still trying to figure that one out myself.

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15 Responses to “What Took You So Long?”

  1. Gwen February 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    A Missed opportunity (if I had only..) is worse than being rejected. :) I suppose she was getting tired of waiting. :)

  2. jessicakristie February 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Lovely write. ♥♥

  3. andygirl February 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    even when it’s short, I enjoy every word you write.

    but then hate you for not telling me more. I want more!

    • TJ February 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks, Andy! I plan on writing A LOT more now. Make sure you stay tuned!

      And can I say how happy I am to see you comment/still read me?? (I just read your latest blog post) :)

      • andygirl February 10, 2011 at 2:38 am #

        as long as you write, I’ll keep reading!

  4. Jules February 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    What a beautiful piece.

    • Fina February 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      Love it. That is all.

      • TJ February 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

        Aw! Thanks, my friend. Much appreciated.

  5. flutter February 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    *sigh*

  6. Jenn February 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    OH! Who is this lucky gorgeous mysterious soul?

    I second that: *siiigh*

  7. TwoBusy February 6, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    That sense of uncertainty and nervousness and sudden daring when you realize that honestly you have little left to lose — and then the exhilaration of seeing that daring rewarded with a look and a brilliant smile and the eyeblink alchemy of everything within you becoming lighter than air and soaring…

    Man. That was just wonderful.

    • TJ February 6, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      Thank you, my friend. Hearing that from you? Yeah, HUGE.

  8. Random Girl February 6, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    That, my friend, is quite a moment. On both sides of the equation. The best part of something new is the anticipation and you captured that tiny but critical piece of time perfectly. Loved it!

    • TJ February 6, 2011 at 10:07 am #

      I’m so very glad you enjoyed it. Truthfully, I wasn’t even going to post this. I’m happy I did!

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