Cerice's hand felt warm entwined with mine. I hardly dared breath as she stood so close, and yet her scent was driving me wild.
"So, you aren't going out with him?" Sam had been blackmailing her in to going out with him, by threatening my job? Surely it didn't matter to her... but she was so close, and her hand in mine... I felt my heart beating uncontrollably fast, and it only quickened when she replied.
"No. I'll never date him again, it's his mother who pains me so much." I wrapped my fingers in hers and laughed. A silence fell, in which I felt so many things being said between us.
"So, what now?" I asked, hardly daring to hear the answer.
"I think I want to experience something new and real." She replied. My heart leapt so high I felt it would no longer stay in my chest. I felt it wanted to fly from my body and dance with the stars, hold on to the night and do a jig with the moon. I looked in to her eyes, not daring to believe I was hearing this, not daring to believe I was awake.
"Anyone in particular you'd like to share this experience with?" I asked, staring at her perfect face. She opened her mouth, grinned and released her fingers, stepping away slightly.
"Well I was thinking Sophie," I must have looked shocked for a moment because she laughed and returned to me, taking both my hands in hers this time. "You Sasha. I'd like to share it with you." My breath caught in my throat.
"You like me?" She nodded, biting her lip.
"What about you? Do you, like me?" She asked, her teeth pulling at her lip as though she almost couldn't bear to hear the answer.
"Do you even need to ask?" I bent my head forward, searching for her lips with mine. I watched as her eyes shut softly, and then I closed mine to concentrate on our lips as they touched. The first thing I felt was a light dizzyness, then a tingling that ran right through my body. Then my lips exploded as she kissed me back, and I felt that I never waanted to stop if I could feel like this forever. I felt her fingers slip from my grip and she stumbled backwards, touching her lips. "I'm so sorry Cerice!" I gasped as I tried to refill my lungs with air. "Was... was that too soon for you?"
"N-No. It's just... that was my first."
"Well I guessed... I guessed that it was your first kiss with a woman." I was still breathing heavily.
"Yes, but it was my first kiss anyway." I stared at her.
"You've... you've never been kissed?"
"No, at least not one that counted. If I'd have known how good it was..."
"You liked that?" I picked up on the small detail and sauntered towards her, taking her hand in mine again.
"Very much." I grinned.
"Me too." She smiled and it lit up her whole face. "There, I'm so glad your smile is back. Come on, let's go to the beach. The sun will set soon, and I would rather be there with you than here." She continued to grin and I pulled her to my car, feeling a bubble of happiness inside of me which glowed brighter than the sun. We didn't speak in the car, but it was not an uneasy silence like the times before. Instead it was filled with sparks and warmth, electricity flowing between us from our kiss.
Once we reached the beach I took off my shoes and she followed, and we wandered bare foot without saying anything for a while. Then I paused and looked out at the sun, which was fast disappearing under the waves. I felt Cerice stand beside me and take my hand, our fingers entwining again.
"Cerice, you have no idea the pain I have been going through, seeing you with Sam. When I watched you this evening, the 'perfect couple', I thought my heart would be ripped from my chest. Ever since I first saw you, I have been fascinated. You've been driving me crazy."
"You're the first person who's ever made me feel like this Sasha. It confused me, and scared me a little. I'm sorry if I hurt you."
"I understand. And if you feel like things are moving to fast, all you have to do is say. And I'll slow things right back down again, because I don't want to mess this up." I turned and faced her, and saw her face lit by the last remaining ray of sunlight. I knew at that moment that I loved her more truly than I had ever loved anyone before. As the sky was lit by the full moon and the stars, I touched her face gently with my hands. "You are beautiful." I kissed her forehead, stretching on my tiptoes because without my heels she was definately taller.
She took my hand and we walked slowly back to the car together, barefoot in the sand.