Standing outside the cinema, waiting for the rain
is the perfect way to fall in love with someone.
First of all, it means there are a lot of people
trying to buy tickets for a brand new movie.
Crowds always seem to bring people closer together
and there, bundled up nice, breathing in the cool air,
is a great time to crack a few inside jokes.
Secondly, when the first few droplets finally land
you have the chance to offer her your jacket.
It’s such a simple gesture, but it brings warmth
in a way that walking inside doesn’t quite have.
Especially since the first few drops of water
always seem to land on the tip of her nose.
And then you go inside and see a movie or whatever.
Until the last moments of the date arrive
where you both walk out those big double doors
and see that the downpour paused just for you.
She’s talking about the movie, but you’re distracted
because you’ve never seen eyes light up like hers.
And then it’s time to go,
and you realize that you really don’t want to.
You wish you could tie a rope to those seconds
where the inevitable awkward pause arrives
and just stay there, tethered to it
like a buoy is tethered to an anchor
so that it doesn’t float off into the ocean all alone.
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