Fair Time Tease

Once upon a time when I was in college, one of my friends was getting married. I was the maid of honor, and not being one of those girls who dreams of her wedding day, I had no clue what responsibilities that entailed, and I also lived a few hours away, so I failed to perform the duties expected of me (it would have helped if the bride had given me a few clues, but we were all young).

Anyways, that’s only relevant in that I went to the wedding, I wore my satin dress on a mountain where satin really doesn’t belong, I went to the reception and then changed into boots and jeans before all of her pictures were done (in my defense, I thought they were), pretty much nailing the coffin on my friendship with the bride, and then I caught the eye of one of the other guests and that’s where my focus was for the rest of the night.

He was short, wiry, had long curly black hair, and he smelled *incredible*.

I told him I was headed home to stop by the county fair for awhile, and he decided to come along. He followed me all the way to the fairgrounds, and we walked the midway arm in arm, hands in back pockets, eating fair food, watching the lights, and talking philosophy (one of my favorite subjects back in those days).

His personal philosophy was a bit off from mine – not a lot, but enough to give me pause. And while I was completely attracted to his overall presence, the mental divide was too great for any lasting relationship. He knew it too, and regretfully kissed me goodbye in the parking lot.

I occasionally wonder what it would have been like to just spend the one night with him. Intoxicating, certainly, and I’m guessing the intimacy would have been very memorable. But I’ve never really been a one-night girl, so just as well we didn’t go further.

But I cherish the memory of that night fondly, and I always think of him when I’m walking the midway on a hot August night.


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