Why am I thinking this? Well, it's not because I'm young, that's for sure. My hubby and I are celebrating our eighteenth anniversary tomorrow. See, so not young. Yikes. But I was young once. And I have a good memory.
And, I'm working on a romance scene in my WIP. It's challenging and fun. Struggling to find a way to express those first racing moments without sounding cliche and cheesy is frustrating. I delete more than I leave, and find myself turning to other books (and movies) for insight.
Here is a delicious example from Carol Lynch William's The Chosen One:
"But. Here is another secret. Another sin. Because I am not allowed to be with Joshua. I am not allowed to feel this way. Tingly when he looks at me. Weak when his hand is near mine. And the worst part--I couldn't help but wonder how it would be to kiss him.
And when we did kiss, it was all my fault.
Emily in the corner with her baby doll.
Me, in the Fellowship Hall with Joshua.
On the piano bench.
Smelling the soap he uses.
Watching his hands.
Hardly thinking of music.
...I glanced in his direction and saw him looking at me. Not at the piano keys.
"Put your hand like this," I told him. "You have to look here." I tapped the keyboard.
He let me move his fingers to the right position. So warm, those fingers.
"The C and E and G," I said.
But Joshua's hand didn't stay where I put it. Instead his fingers tangled up with mine. The whole side of his body leaned into me. His other arm slid around my waist.
"You can't play the piano holding my hand. Or leaning crooked like that, either," I said, my voice breathy. The words almost didn't come out of my mouth. But I thought, I could kiss you right now and go to hell and it would be worth it. Worth it.
...And then I kissed him. Just fell into him right in the middle of a sentence. Pressed my lips to his. So soft. Then he was kissing me back. And I didn't even know how to kiss, had never kissed anyone in my life but my family, and then only little pecks on the cheek.
It felt like Joshua sucked the breath from me, there on the piano bench, with all the thoughts of sin going through my head, but me not caring at all. Not at all.
"I better go," I said, when I finally pushed away from him. My hands trembled. My knees shook.
And he said, "Don't be scared, Kyra. I'm right here."
Isn't that scrumptious?
What is your favorite first love scene? Me? I'm off to create my own.