That week was in itself an absolute high. I had never felt so free and so radiant before. There was this tension between us. A longing to know each other better on a formal level but also on an intimate level. I blushed in disbelief as I caught him gazing at me with such awe at the dinner table. As if I had been the object of his affection for some time and finally I had been in his presence. It took him a minute to realize he had been caught and he carried on, quite embarrassed I imagine. Inside I giggled, completely and utterly entranced by the feeling of flattery. I lightly dismissed any idea or playful thought of us together but I couldn’t dismiss what was to come.
That night the sky was illuminated by the millions of stars and the bright moon, and under that, music tickled our ears and alcohol made us move! I couldn’t ignore what had happened at the restaurant and I was determined to have one dance with him. If I couldn’t have him, I could at the very least have a dance. He had run off with a bottle of rum near the front of the stage and his mother was worried he’d get too drunk. This was my cue. I volunteered to go retrieve the liquor as an excuse to be a little closer than I knew we would ever be allowed. I grabbed his sister and we weaved through the crowd until we spotted him. I tapped him on the shoulder and smiled. Told him his mom was worried about his alcohol consumption and how she wanted the bottle. He laughed and made a small comment about his mother, took a large swig and gave me the bottle. I tossed the bottle back to his sister and without a second thought, I asked him to dance.
The bachata played and we danced in the small space that we had available. But I felt as if we fit so perfectly into each others embrace. And as the music played on our bodies inched closer and closer together. He held me and he twirled me and his hips moved with mine. And for a moment it was magical but I knew I had to get back. The music stopped and I smiled at him and gave him a hug. Once again I grabbed his, noticeably annoyed sister and headed away from the crowd and when I looked back he was trailing behind us.
TO BE CONTINUED…