Ever have a moment where all you can do is just stare? Like, no matter how hard you try, you just can't look away?
When Sarina opened the door, I had one of those moments.
Lionel said something that I didn't catch. I didn't quite register Sarina's response either... were they still speaking english?
Lionel made his way past Sarina, and I was finally able to get to myself to take a step forward and raise my arms a little.
"You look... absolutely radiant" I gasped. Her eyebrows arched at "radiant" and then her lips were suddenly pressing against mine.
Ever have a moment where you can't quite remember what happened, but you know that whatever it was, it was plain amazing?
When we kissed, I had one of those moments.
After a few weeks we finally pulled away and I called out to Lionel,
"Are you two lovebirds coming?”
After a moment they appeared, and we piled into my car.
Next stop: One heck of a night.
One sign that you're dating one of the most beautiful girls in the world, is not only when you see the guys staring, but when you see the girls staring too. And when we reached the school and walked through the doors, and I saw all those people staring at the girl who was holding my hand... well, if I hadn't of smiled and provided an outlet for my joy, I quite probably would have died of happiness.
We were a little late, but that didn't matter, the prom went on into the wee hours of the morning. Lionel and I shared a glance as our group split, and then he was gone, and it was just me and Sarina.
Lionel was right, the music was quite decent, and Sarina started dancing to it as soon as we were on the floor. I stood and watched as she threw herself into it. I wasn't quite sure what to do myself, and I always got really self-conscious at dances like this. I felt like everyone was always watching me. I always swore that I would do better next time, but I never seemed to be able to.
My discomfort must have been obvious, because Sarina stopped and looked at me funny.
"Umm yeah. Why?"
"Well it's a dance and you're not moving..." She sounded kinda disappointed.
"I... umm... don't do very well at this kind of dancing, makes me... I don't know... kinda embarrassed."
She smiled and took my hand, "That's because you care too much about what other people think. If you're having fun, then it doesn't matter who sees you. Now come on!"
She started to to tug on my hand again, and for a moment I resisted. I looked around the room, and happened to catch Lionel's eye as he was lit up by a strobe light. He mouthed something to me, and while he was far away, I knew exactly what he said.
"Learn from your mistakes."
I lost Claudia because I wouldn't listen to her, and because I pushed her too far. And while this wasn't life-threatening serious, it was still important in it's own right. I lost one girl.
I didn't want it to happen again.
"Ok... you win... now show me what the heck I'm supposed to do!"
Sarina's face lit up and we shared more than a few laughs as I tried to copy what she did. After a half an hour or so, we took a break and made our way over to the photo booth. We stood for the first picture, Sarina in front, and me holding her from behind. Then the photographer had me sit on a stool with Sarina in my lap for the second one, and just before he took the third picture, he looked at me, flicked his head at Sarina and winked.
"Sarina" I whispered. She turned to look back at me,
I kissed her.
That one was my favorite.
We went over to the refreshment table, having a small argument as we poured some punch.
"It's mine! Ladies first!" said Sarina.
"Oh that only counts when you're in lines and stuff, that doesn't apply to placing dibs on things!"
"Oh yes it does mister!'
"But that's not fair!"
"Get used to it" she said, sticking out her tongue.
"Could you at least make me a copy?"
"It might be possible... I'd have to be in the mood. I could use some convincing."
I raised my eyebrows as she gave a little wink. The music was fading as the current song ended and a microphone gave a squeal as the DJ turned it on and made an announcement.
"All right everybody! Grab that special someone, and make your way onto the dance floor!"
It was time for a slow dance. Taking Sarina's hand, I led her out onto the dance floor and put one hand on her hip, and the other on her shoulder. In the moment before the music began, I saw Lionel and Claudia just looking at each other. Lionel said something to Claudia, who didn't move for a moment, then she started shaking. She was crying. But from the smile on her face and the kiss that came afterwards, I could tell it was good crying.
The music started and all around, couples started dancing.
I looked at the ground at first, but then I felt Sarina's hand pushing my chin up until I was looking her in the eyes.
"Something wrong?" She asked.
"No... quite the opposite. I just still can't quite believe I'm here."
"It seems almost too good to be true. I'm afraid I'm going to wake up and realize it was all a dream."
She pinched my arm... with her extra long finger nails.
She smiled, "Well I guess you're not dreaming."
I laughed softly, "Lionel told me something."
"He said that three different guys either asked you out or to the prom."
"And that you said no."
"I just... after I screwed things up with...What I mean is... why me?"
"I'll give you three guesses."
I didn't say anything for a couple seconds, I just looked back down at the floor. When I didn't answer, she leaned in and said,
"I'll give you a hint... I love you."
Ever have a moment when you could feel your heart melt and spread all across your body?
When Sarina said that, and I looked her in the eyes and said "I love you too."
I had one of those moments.