California Dreamin’ by K. T. Reid At first glance, I had no choice but to look her directly in her eyes. Paralysis overcame the lower half of my thighs as I forgot which foot was to step ahead of the other. While concealing my stammered approach, she never noticed my hidden timidity. On the contrary, my guile and sense of style led to her shooting off a quick, yet sensual smile. I was shy; I was in love; Ready for love. Maybe I was all of the above. I did not care. I just knew-that she knew-that I knew what we both had originally known—that fetal positions atoned for primary senses to be blown for us both after birth… This was the After—Math of being born… to be specifically with someone. This Me + Her equation, equaling better days when—we will be forever after. No longer searching and scouring the masses, just passion fruit and molasses; And road trips to Calabasas and Big Sur. Fitting her for diamonds, pearls, and mink furs, as we lay on Laguna Beach in October, while the rest of the country prepares for game of thrones. No winter— that comes alone could keep us away from each other. No layer of ozone could ever stop the sun from shining brightest on one another from now… until the pearly gates! But before we do bite onto this marvelous wedding cake, I had to ask her… What’s your name?
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K. T. Reid is an African-American male writer living in Texas. He is working on getting his first full-length project/collection published in early to mid-2023.