As soon as he entered the room Jana noticed. She always noticed, but never had the nerve to actually speak with him even though there were plenty on opportunities in the hall or in their sociology class. She knew that he never bothered with her because she was an average girl that didn’t really standout from the crowd; accept in maybe a geeky-nerd like way. The few friends she had would tease that the hospital must have misspelled her name when she was born by accidently putting an ‘a’ at the end, when clearly it should have been a ‘e’ because she was epitome of plain Jane.
Safely, from afar Jana watched him as she stood against the wall and danced to the music. He must have felt eyes on him or been looking for someone because he turned and scanned the room. Frozen in place, Jana looked the other way to avoid eye contact. When Jana looked back to where he was, he was gone, so she quickly glanced around the room. That’s when she saw him coming her way with a huge grin and knowing eyes that made her shrink back in guilt and shyness.
He didn’t slow as he approached, he leaned in and rested one hand on her shoulder to speak over the loud music, “Finally, we get to meet. My name’s Rich, let’s dance Jana,” he said as he placed a big warm hand over the two she was anxiously wringing together.
With a nervous smile she followed him on to the dance floor. His showy charisma and smile were infectious, and once the second song started Jana was really enjoying herself and found a comfortable groove in the way that they moved. They danced to several songs, without rest while exchanging many smiles and few words. The DJ announced he’d play one more song and then they would be taking a short break for naming ceremonies.
Licking his lips, Rich claimed the kiss he refused to miss before the end of the last song. Suspended in time, on the dance floor, in front of everyone Jana experienced her first real kiss with a boy she thought didn’t even know she existed. Moist, plump, firm lips slanted over hers and pressed exquisitely. Jana closed her eyes to appreciate the moment. The scent of him invaded her awareness and the music playing drifted away. Once the music stopped altogether the applauds broke the spell and when she opened her eye’s in a panic Rich’s smiling eye’s filled her vision and he gave her a wink before relinquishing her lips. After that night, they spent much of their free time for the remainder of the school year together, kissing.
Inspired by Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday prompt, and this week it was all about the First Kiss.