He watched her, camera ready to take pictures. She didn’t seem to notice him as she stood there, alone, apart from the others, in the black off the shoulder dress and wearing what looked like tassel earrings. He knew because his ex-girlfriend used to wear them too.
He was supposed to be circulating around the room, snapping pictures but after spotting her, he was riveted to that spot. He supposed he could go ahead and just take the pictures like he was hired to but he wanted her undivided attention. So, he waited.
She turned her head suddenly and saw him. Their eyes met and held. Then, he went over to her. “Hi,” he said. “I hope you don’t mind me taking your picture.”
“You’re the photographer,” she replied.
“Yes. My name’s Gaston.” He held out his hand.
“Kiana.” She smiled as they shook hands. “Pleased to meet you and the answer is no.”
His eyebrows rose quizzically. “No?”
“You asked if I minded you taking my picture. The answer is no, I don’t.”
He smiled. “Good.” He took several. “Are you here alone?”
She nodded. “Yes. Are you married?”
For a moment he was startled then he saw her looking at the ring on his right hand. “No, I’m not married. This is my father’s ring. I have been wearing it since he passed away a year ago.”
“I’m sorry,” she said. “Were you close?”
“Yes, we were. Are you cold?”
She nodded. “A little. It suddenly gotten a little drafty in here.”
He removed his jacket and draped it around her. This close, she smelled wonderful. “Here you go,” he said softly. “This should keep you warm.”
She smiled up at him. “Thank you.”
“Pardon me for asking but, do you have un petit copain–a boyfriend?”
“No. What about you? Do you have a girlfriend?
“No. I’m a single man. After this fête is over, would you go out for a drink with me?”
“Bon. I hate to leave you, Kiana, but I must get back to doing what I was hired for. I will see you later.” He excused himself.
She watched him go and for the rest of the evening, she could think of nothing else but him and his incredible eyes. As soon as the party was over, he was at her side.
This was written for the Ragtag Daily Prompt for today’s prompt, tassel. If you’re interested in participating, click HERE for more information.