A couple days after the “Slip and Slide” event April and I went on a milkshake run. The milkshakes were good but the conversation was better. We conversed in my car to my dorm lobby to my dorm room. The topics drifted from Drawing class to April’s hometown to my family to everything else. We were both having a good time and realized that instead of talking for a couple hours, we had actually been talking for about eight…and it was about 3am.
I was tired. April was really tired. When April gets really tired she tends to nod off just about anywhere she can find a comfortable spot. The comfortable spot just happened to be on my top bunk and I just happened to be sitting, and then eventually lying, right next to her as she drifted in and out of consciousness. Her eyes would slowly open, she would look at me and continue whatever topic was currently bouncing back and forth between us and then her eyes would slowly close again and there would be silence.
*We now take a break in this story to remind my daughter that if any punk keeps you out past 6pm then he’s gonna have to answer to my fist tickling his tonsils. I was not as wise or concerned for your mother’s well being as I am now and what I should have done is patted her on the back, thanked her for the lovely evening and maintained a precise three foot buffer until the day I married her. But, then I wouldn’t have this story to write…
I was awake and nervous watching this wonderful creature nod off to sleep right next to me. She looked lovely in the soft glow from the clip lamp on the side of my bed and I decided that the time had come to take this little “friendship” to the next level, because hello, she was no longer a moving target. I hadn’t really planned for this moment or this spot to have it, but as I looked at her and how comfortable she was, I saw that it was the ideal time. At least that’s what I thought.
My plan was to sit tight until she opened her eyes and then boldly swoop in and lay a big fat kiss on her. She would kiss me right back and we would laugh and go skipping off into the sunset. But, in great April fashion, she didn’t comply with my plan. She kept her eyes closed for a long time. I stared at her, patiently, with my stomach in knots. She didn’t move. Was she asleep? Crap, did I wait too long? I cleared my throat, waited…cleared again. Nothing. Dang it. I was about to start clapping and yelling like a howler monkey when she stretched a little. I swiftly put my head back down, closed my eyes, waited a couple seconds and opened them again. She slowly opened her eyes and looked at me.
This was it. Our eyes met, I waited half a second then leaned in to give her a kiss. The kiss was nice, except for the fact that I got her right on her nose. I totally missed her lips and planted a big wet one right on her nostril and cheek. I didn’t really think I was that bad of a shot but the look on her face when I pulled back made it pretty clear that she wasn’t expecting anything like that, especially on her nose. I waited for a positive response and when I realized that she wasn’t offering any help, I desperately went in for a proper kiss. This time she didn’t wait, she reared her head back and quickly sat up with an “um…” look on her face.
I made a huge mistake. I had made my move and it was the wrong one. I wasn’t sure what to do next so I put my hands up in surrender and said, “I’m sorry. Do you want me to take you home?” I fully expected her to spring from the bunk and bolt from the room, but she said, “No, it’s okay. But I have a boyfriend.”
We looked at each other. I felt stupid. She looked uncomfortable. I would like to say that I saw what I needed to know in her expression, either good or bad, about what she was thinking but I really only saw her and how beautiful she was and how I had probably just screwed up a great friendship. Thankfully, she wasn’t leaving the room, in fact she was still siting on my bunk. We looked at each other in silence, then on queue in slow cinematic style, we drew closer. The gap between us was closing, very slowly, like time had jelled. I had the perfect opportunity to wonder if she would pull away again and what I would do if she did. She didn’t and we met in a soft, sweet kiss, buffered by nervous excitement and an exhausted haze.
I pulled back to see her smile and I smirked at her. We had crossed the line. She now knew the affection I had for her and I knew that she was taken with me. It was all out in the open. I looked at her for a minute and said “Excuse me, I’ll be right back.” I was so nervous that I feared what I would do or say, and my stomach was a wreck. I needed to get out of the room and compose myself. I hopped down from the bunk leaving April with her long legs dangling off the edge. I walked out of the room and down the hall to the water fountain. Shaking from my nerves I sipped some water and took some deep breaths. Good Lord, she’s in my room, I finally kissed her, what now?
My mind was muddled from the hour but I gathered my wits and went back to the room. I tried to act normal, we talked and kissed a couple more times (mostly started by me) and then I took her home. I was so absorbed in my victory that I can’t recall how I got back to my room and finally fell asleep.
April and I made plans to attend church the next morning. The only thing that got me there on time was the fact that April was going with me and I had to look responsible. Life was good. We were going to be an item. I was making all kinds of plans and just when I was about to share them with her, she told me that the boyfriend was coming for a weekend visit.
What I thought would be a week full of April and I studying and eating in the cafeteria and of course kissing turned out to be me devising a plan of how I was going to be able to keep her. I had to convince April that I was the better choice and that she was crazy to be with this guy, Guido. I don’t know why I called him that, but he’s always been Guido to me.
I was a mess the day he was to arrive. I got up early and headed across campus to tell April exactly how I felt.
[to be…um, let’s see…continued]