An Unexpected Meeting


© 2018 Lissette E. Manning

All Rights Reserved.


Thunder flickered across the horizon. Black clouds dotted the sky above me. They’d release their contents soon enough.

Ignoring the signs of an impending storm, I meandered down the sidewalk. Lost in my thoughts, I contemplated my demons.

Seconds later, I bumped into someone. The impact sent me straight onto my ass.

“What the hell?”

A large hand appeared in my peripheral vision. With deft fingers, the person pulled me to my feet.

I looked up into the brightest blue eyes I had ever seen.

“You okay?”


“Sorry about that. I didn’t see you.”

The distant roar grew louder. The clouds would soon let loose.

“It’s my fault, actually.”

I stared into his beautiful eyes and found myself mesmerized by him. So much so, that I ignored the clouds and the threat of rain. The thunder’s growing roar didn’t faze me either.

His light brown hair was mussed. It slightly curled around the collar of his leather jacket.

He smirked and leaned toward me.

“Are you from around here?” he asked.

I pointed to the UCONN campus in the distance. “I’m from the college.”

He grinned. “I’d tell you I’m just a tourist here, but then I’d be lying. I’m headed in—”

The thunder’s roar broke off the rest of his reply. Rain descended, drenching us in mere seconds.

The ice-cold rain dripped down the back of my neck. I shivered and tugged the thin cardigan I wore closer.

Before I had a chance to recover, my unexpected ‘tourist’ stepped forward. He grabbed my hand and tugged me in the campus’ direction.

We soon came to a stop in front of the quad’s doors.

“So, I guess this is it,” he said, letting go of my ice-cold hand.


I squinted and peered up at him. The slight darkness camouflaged part of his face.

He leaned forward and kissed me before turning around and heading inside.

My lips burned from our brief touch. I didn’t even know his name.


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