when we met. | c/crush. #atozchallenge

when we met. c/crush.

“Grace, no! I’m not going to talk to him. He doesn’t know I exist, and I’d like to keep it that way.”

“Whyyyy? Kelsey, you’ve had a crush on Ryan Callahan since you were thirteen! You need to do this before graduation or you’re going to regret it.”

“No, I’m not! I’m fine with admiring him from afar.”

“He might have a crush on you, too…”

Yeah, right. “I seriously doubt that.”

“You never know, Kels. I found out something this morning that I think you should know.”

“What?” Now she was making me nervous.

“He’s going to Yale.”

“What?? Are you fucking with me?”

“Nope. You and Ryan are both going to Yale.”

“Oh my god.” I couldn’t breathe.

“See? You definitely have to talk to him!”

“How the hell can I? I get flustered just watching him sit there in Calculus. And you want me to talk to him?”

“He’s just a guy, Kelsey.”

“He is not just a guy! He is the perfect guy. He is so damn attractive. And he’s nice, too. He’s confident without being cocky. And he’s smart. And funny.” I sighed.

Grace sighed, too, but hers was exasperated. But this conversation was over. We were walking in the opposite direction from my next class.

“I have to get to class. I’ll meet you later.”

My eyes were on the floor as I shook my head and turned around. I didn’t notice anyone was there. Until I smacked right into the hard chest of Ryan Callahan.

He grabbed me around my waist to steady me. God, his hands are warm. And big. I sort of fell into his eyes. They were even bluer up close.

My mind started going a mile a minute. Oh fuck. Did he hear our whole conversation? Oh my god, did Grace know he was there?!? I bet she did. I’m going to kill her! My thoughts were so frantic that it took me a minute to realize he was talking to me.

“Hi, Kelsey.” His smile was devastating. And… Wait. He knows my name?

“Ryan.” Jesus my voice is shaky. Get it together Kels! “Sorry. I wasn’t looking where I was going.”

“Lucky me.”

It was only then that I realized he was still holding me. I froze. But he didn’t. He bent his head down to mine and whispered into my ear.

“I think you’re perfect, too.”

Then he kissed my cheek.

When he finally took his hands from me, he smiled again. “See you in Calculus.”

I stood there in shock.

Oh god. He heard everything.


p.s. — Yes, that is a picture of Shawn Mendes. Couldn’t resist. The ultimate young-girl crush. 

Hot guy: Shawn Mendes (my future son-in-law, according to my daughter)

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Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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30 Responses to when we met. | c/crush. #atozchallenge

  1. Monty Vern says:

    My wife and I saw Mendez in concert in Shanghai. SHE had a great time. Haha.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your posts are literally the highlight of my day 😭😭

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  3. Bridgette says:

    You took me back in time to that feeling of young love! The ending was great!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Carol anne says:

    Awe! I love it when things work out! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. scr4pl80 says:

    Wonderful coincidence.

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  6. Liam says:

    Smack right into the hard chest must be the ultimate meet cute.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Layla Rose says:

    So wholesome! ❤ I love to see romance tropes used to perfect effect.

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  9. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Awww… This is so wholesome 🙂

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  11. jrvincente says:

    Love it!! And love him. 😉

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