I couldn't speak as I stared up at the Greek God who had just come crashing into my world. His skin was naturally tanned and he clearly spent a lot of time either in the gym or playing some sort of sport because his upper body was beautifully toned. Chocolate brown eyes looked down at me, framed by silky brown hair, and I thought I was going to faint.
'Are you sure you're alright?' He asked, moving so he was kneeling next to me. 'You look a bit stunned.'
'Umm yes... well...' I fought to regain control of my speech and finally won. 'It was a bit of a shock but I'm fine, I promise.'
'Good,' he said, smiling at me. If I'd been standing I don't think my legs would have supported me because they were turning to jelly. 'What's your name?'
'Salali,' I said cringing inside. 'But call me Ali. I hate my full name.'
'That's a shame, I think it's really pretty.' I felt my cheeks flushing as he payed my the compliment. 'I'm Lucen,' he said, holding out his hand for me to shake.
'It's nice to meet you Lucen.' I put my hand carefully in his, enjoying the feel of his strength as he shook my hand.
'Hey Luc!' I turned to see a group of people watching us. 'You going to stop flirting and play?'
'You should go,' I said, hiding my face behind my hair again, 'your friends are waiting.'
'Yeah sure. I'll see you around then.' He walked away and I watched him go out of the corner of my eye, pretending not to care when deep down I'd really wanted him to ask me to join him. But what more did I expect? I am a total stranger, he's not going to ask me to join his friends. 'Actually Salali.' I jumped at the unexpected sound of his voice. 'We need an extra player. Are you any good at football?'
'Yeah I think so,' I said modestly, knowing I could beat my brother and his friends without any help.
'Good, then you can join our team.' He held out his hand and helped me to my feet. I noticed my book was now caked in sand but didn't stop to sort it out. I had much better things to do.