Samantha stood at the crowded crosswalk, tapping her foot impatiently as she waited for the light to turn green. She was already running late for her shift at the coffee shop and didn't have time to wait around. Just as she was about to jaywalk, a hand gently grabbed her arm.
"Whoa there, miss. It's not worth risking your life just to save a few minutes."
Samantha turned to see a tall, handsome stranger standing beside her, a kind smile on his lips. Flustered, she mumbled a quick thank you and hurried across the street when the light turned, not daring to look back.
Samantha couldn't shake the image of the mysterious stranger out of her head, even as she worked her shift at the coffee shop. Every time the door opened, she found herself hoping it would be him, coming in for a cup of coffee.
As the day wore on and the rush of customers slowed, Samantha found herself chatting with the other baristas about the handsome stranger who had helped her out that morning. Just as she was about to give up hope of ever seeing him again, the bells on the door jingled and in he walked.
Samantha's heart skipped a beat as she watched him approach the counter. Up close, she could see that his striking blue eyes were flecked with gold, and his chiseled jawline was dusted with stubble.
"Can I help you?" she stammered, trying to play it cool.
"Yes, actually. I couldn't stop thinking about the beautiful woman I met at the crosswalk this morning, and I was hoping to ask her out for a cup of coffee," he replied, his eyes sparkling.
Samantha couldn't believe her ears. Was this really happening? She found herself nodding shyly, and before she knew it, they had made plans to meet at the same coffee shop the following day.
"The First Date"
Samantha spent the whole day before her date with the handsome stranger, whose name she now knew was Ryan, in a state of nervous excitement. She couldn't believe that someone as gorgeous and charming as Ryan could be interested in her.
As she walked into the coffee shop the next day, her heart was racing. She scanned the room and saw Ryan sitting at a table in the corner, a bouquet of wildflowers in front of him. He stood up as she approached, pulling out a chair for her and handing her the flowers with a smile.
The date was everything Samantha could have hoped for and more. They talked for hours about everything under the sun, from their shared love of adventure to their dreams for the future. As the evening came to a close and Ryan walked her home, Samantha knew that she had met someone special.
Over the next few weeks, Samantha and Ryan saw each other every chance they could. They went on long walks through the park, picnics by the lake, and romantic dinners at cozy restaurants. It was like they had known each other for years, and they were falling deeper in love with each passing day.
As the leaves began to turn golden and the air grew crisp, Ryan took Samantha on a surprise weekend getaway to a charming bed and breakfast in the mountains. It was there, in front of a crackling fire, that Ryan got down on one knee and proposed.
Overwhelmed with joy and love, Samantha said yes,