Our 40th class reunion was over. Kisses exchanged like we were teenagers once more, promises to meet made. Promises we knew we’d never keep.
I’m wibbling between this being a ‘senior’ romance/flirt or just a peck on the cheek, see you soon kind of moment. Either way, I really like the realistic ‘we’ll never keep’ attitude.
A quirk of human nature beautifully captured.
With my 40th looming it would be easy to imagine it ending similar to this.
I recognize this!
I really like the story–it’s a compact, touching, universal “if only” romance– but I wish the writer had used active voice in the second sentence instead of passive:
We exchanged kisses as if we were teenagers again, made promises to meet.
It would have made a good story even better.
I don’t know if the writer has similar “true life” former love stories to tell, but I just saw a notice for an annual anthology about “past loves” that solicits work in this vein. I am not connected to the anthology and don’t know the people who run it, but you could check out their call for stories at http://www.ourpastloves.com/contest. (There’s no entry free to submit.)