For such a beautiful Spring afternoon, the coffee shop was surprisingly quiet and she had no problem securing her favourite small window table. With her usual order placed, she turned her attention to her kindle and resumed reading.
Hooking his sunglasses into the neck of his black t-shirt, he glanced round the unfamiliar coffee shop looking for a table. He spotted a small table over by the window and headed for it. Within moments a waitress was at his side with the menu. He only wanted a coffee so politely declined the menu and requested a large latte.
When the waitress returned, she had two coffees on the tray and a piece of caramel. The sight of it was making him regret ordering just a coffee. Carefully, the young waitress set his large mug down then delivered the other smaller mug and the caramel shortcake to the adjacent table.
As the woman looked up from her e-book to watch the waitress, she became aware of a pair of eyes watching her.
The man and the woman made eye contact.
She found herself spiralling into his brilliant blue eyes. Within them was a kaleidoscope of music, of lights, of songs, of guitars, of travelling, of hotel rooms, of restaurants and bars, of exhaustion, of jet lag, of loneliness.
He found himself drowning in two still liquid pools of molten chocolate. Within them was a sea of contentment filled with calm thoughts of books, of writing, of scented candles, of soft music, of home cooked meals, of wine enjoyed out on a sea front terrace, of relaxation, of unbroken sleep, of loneliness.
In that split second, the two strangers silently exchanged their worlds.
She looked away first.
A cloud fell over his world as he stared down into the milky depths of his coffee cup.
“Excuse me,” said a honey soft voice beside him. “I don’t normally do things like this but you look like you need this more than I do.”
She offered him the slice of caramel shortcake.
“It’s medicinal,” she added with a smile that lit up his dark world.
“Thank you,” he said, his voice still husky from singing too many shows over too few nights. “How about you join me and we share it?”
Still smiling, she moved to sit down opposite him and cut the chocolate square neatly in half.
(image sourced via Google – credits to the owner)