Thursday, 10 August 2017

A WHIRLWIND ROMANCE (and one of my first short stories): Quotes From My Teenage Diaries Part 14

July 1994. 
I'm 13 years old and desperate for a boyfriend. I don't have one in real life so I do what any self respecting aspirational writer would do and I create one. 
Sort of like in the film Weird Science, but Carl (yes, I called him Carl) only existed in my mind and the pages of my diary. 


The story so far: Carl is American, and is spending the summer in the UK with his relatives who are also my next door neighbours (handy). One afternoon I spot him sunbathing in their back garden and am immediately drawn in by his hair: brown, wavy, and cut in curtains. 
I must speak to him! I take a ball outside with the intention of chucking it over the fence to get his attention. But I don't have to. Carl sees me and we start chatting. This is the beginning of what can only be described as a WHIRLWIND romance. I mean, it gets INTENSE. In that very same afternoon we go to the beach (it's set in Doncaster), have a picnic, go for a swim and go to an amusement park (also in Doncaster). Somewhere between the swim and the amusement park, this happens. 


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"His eyes looked deep into mine, past the iris, the nerves and the retina, deep, deep into my soul. He knew what I was thinking. 


He sat up and looked in front. 
I sat up too. 
He looked at me once again. This time with an uncertainty. Shall I kiss her? That was his question in his mind. 
Yes, do, please! I yelled at him from my eyes." 





To be continued...

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Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect 
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16. 
There's a Facebook page too. 
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