She took off her black sunglasses, which matched perfectly with her white sundress and brown floppy hat. It was the hottest month of the year, but the humidity was no match for her commanding eyes.

Standing across from her, I knew that the outcome would not matter. My life would never be the same after I foolishly tried to take a shot.

“Nice glasses,” I said.

“Thank you.”

Throughout my life, I was never the walk-up-to-a-stranger-and-mingle type of guy, but it didn’t surprise me when I performed an uncharacteristic action. The thing is, I truly believe that the best things in life tend to bring out the best in people.

“I’m Richard.”

Silence and tension devoured the air. I heard my heart pounding. She would probably hear it as well if it weren’t for the loud ocean waves.

“How about you?”


“Great name!” I said. “The sun is nice, right?”

I’m such a fool.

 “Are you a sun person?” I added.

Probably a bigger fool than the biggest fool in the world.

“I’m a morning person,” she said. “How about you?”

“Me too,” I said.” Would you like some ice cream?”

She raised her ice cream cup. I scratched the back of my head.

“You should probably ask yourself that question.”

A cheeky smirk emerged from her gorgeous face.

“My bad.”

“It’s fine,” she said. “What brings you here?”

“I like the water,” I said.

“Same,” she said. “If I hadn’t seen such beauty, I probably wouldn’t know where I would be right now.”

She looked past me. I turned around and marveled at the sight of the humongous ocean and the tall palm trees that were embedded in the white and soft sand.

“Heaven on earth,” she said.


We went our separate ways, but I always looked back at our time together with fondness.  It was a beautiful time, with a beautiful person, in a beautiful place.

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    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 months ago

    Such a nice summertime to keep. I wish Richard and Harper will meet again in some other beautiful time, with a beautiful person, in a beautiful place. Well done.

    2 months ago

    i enjoyed this and could empathise with Richard’s bumbling attempts to strike up conversation with the beautiful Harper

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    2 months ago

    I love the awkwardness of the conversation in your story, Jim. It’s always difficult approaching a stranger if you are a little socially awkward—I should know—and that came across really well. A very enjoyable read, Well done.

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    2 months ago

    Your protagonist is uncharacteristically bold. I am glad that your story underlines the fact that romance can just be about the beauty between two people meeting.

    Abhinav Deshpande
    Abhinav Deshpande(@abhinav-deshpande)
    1 month ago

    This was an enjoyable read and you did a great job highlighting Richard’s emotions!

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