From Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship

And There He Was

And there he was,

Staring into my eyes as a child stares at candy.

He was an image of perfection.

His sea blue eyes were as deep as the ocean,

And, oh, so full of mystery, like a treasure waiting to be


He could win any girl’s heart,

But he was awaiting my response to the question.

My stomach was churning like milk in a blender.

My heart was beating as if I had just run a marathon.

I was so excited that he had asked me,

Not just any girl, but me.

All I had to do was get the words out,

But it was hard.

His perfection stunned my thoughts,

Yet I managed to reply in a cool manner,

The words flowing off my lips as water flows through a


“Sure, you can borrow my pencil.”

Joanna Long

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