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Love around the corner short story

Across the street

By Moharif YuliantoPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Love around the corner short story
Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

The hum of the bustling coffee shop was Amelia's soundtrack for solitude. Nestled in her usual corner booth, she sipped her lukewarm latte, the steam swirling around her face mirroring the whirlwind of emotions within. Today's culprit? A missed opportunity. Again.

Across the street, a bookstore beckoned with its promise of escape. Heaving a sigh, Amelia grabbed her worn copy of Jane Eyre and made the short dash, the chill wind biting at her cheeks. Stepping inside, the scent of aged paper and ink enveloped her, a familiar comfort.

Browsing the stacks, she bumped into a solid wall. Startled, she looked up, meeting eyes the color of melted chocolate. A flush crept up her neck as a smile tugged at the corners of his lips.

"Sorry," he mumbled, offering a hand to help her steady her toppling book pile. "Didn't see you there."

His voice held a warm baritone that resonated through her. "No worries," she stammered, gathering the books. His gaze lingered on the Jane Eyre cover. "A classic choice."

A conversation sparked, fueled by their shared love for literature. He introduced himself as Noah, a writer working on his first novel. Amelia, a budding illustrator, confessed her secret sketchbook tucked away in her bag. Their conversation flowed effortlessly, punctuated by bursts of laughter and stolen glances. Time seemed to bend, the bookstore fading into the background as their world shrunk to this cozy corner.

When the shop owner announced closing time, Amelia felt a pang of disappointment. Exchanging numbers felt awkward, but Noah's shy smile convinced her. They stepped out, the streetlights casting a golden glow on their faces.

"This was unexpected," Amelia admitted, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.

"In the best way possible," Noah countered, his gaze lingering. "Coffee sometime? Maybe we could compare notes – writing and illustrating worlds."

Amelia's heart skipped a beat. "I'd like that."

Their coffee dates became a weekly ritual. They explored hidden cafes, discussed favorite authors, and shared their creative pursuits. Noah's passion for storytelling ignited a spark within her, and his encouraging words fueled her artistic ambitions. In his presence, Amelia felt a sense of belonging she hadn't known she craved.

One rainy afternoon, huddled under a shared umbrella, Noah confessed his feelings. "Amelia," he said, his voice barely a whisper over the pitter-patter of rain, "you inspire me. I never thought I'd meet someone who understands me the way you do."

His words echoed in the silence, a melody her heart readily embraced. Amelia, for the first time, allowed herself to acknowledge the budding affection. Looking into his eyes, she admitted, "Noah, I think I've been falling for you, too."

Their first kiss was a shy touch, a hesitant exploration that blossomed into a promise. Everything felt right, as if a missing piece had finally clicked into place.

Days turned into weeks, then months. Noah finished his novel, and Amelia landed her first freelance illustration job. Their lives intertwined, a beautiful tapestry woven from shared dreams and quiet moments of joy.

One evening, as they strolled through their favorite park, Noah stopped by a weeping willow. A familiar lump formed in Amelia's throat as she recognized the spot. Years ago, she had come here after a heart-wrenching breakup, pouring her emotions onto a page tucked safely away in her sketchbook.

Noticing her silence, Noah asked, "What's wrong?"

Taking a deep breath, she explained the significance of the location. To her surprise, Noah pulled out his phone, revealing a picture of the same willow tree. His eyes, filled with warmth, held hers.

"That day," he began, "I was here, struggling with writer's block. Seeing you lost in your art, pouring your soul onto that page, rekindled my passion. You inspired me before we even met."

Amelia's heart overflowed. The love story she had been yearning for, the connection she had craved, wasn't lost or missed. It had been waiting for her, just around the corner, disguised as a rainy day, a chance encounter, and a shared love for stories.

They stood under the willow tree, the setting sun painting the sky in hues of orange and pink. It was a different kind of bittersweet, a reminder of the past while celebrating the present. Amelia smiled, leaning into Noah, the warmth of his embrace a testament to the serendipity of love. Love, it seemed, could be found not just in grand gestures, but in the quiet corners of ordinary days, waiting to be discovered.

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Moharif Yulianto

a freelance writer and thesis preparation in his country, youtube content creator, facebook

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