"I enjoyed today." Safi Ry told Jesse Quin with a small smile.
"I did too." He smiled back and his hand brushed hers, almost as if he was about to take it, but he seemed to think better of it and dropped his hands to his sides. The two had become close a couple of weeks ago and although both seemed interested in each other, neither had yet made a move towards the other. At that current moment the pair of young adults were stood outside Safi’s apartment, which she shared with her two brothers, Nick and Dean. It was late evening and the sky was growing dark.
"We should do it again sometime…it was nice to have a meal out together."
"It was." He nodded slowly, shifting almost-awkwardly.
"Well…I guess I’ll see you tomorrow…" She stepped onto the first step leading up to her front door.
"Saf, wait." Jesse looked anxious. "Could…could I have…a kiss?"
She looked partly taken aback.
"I don’t know…" She chewed her lip.
"Cause, you see, when you came to my flat the other day you made a fuss of my cat and kissed the top of his head, and he’s been strutting around ever since-"
"Oh really?" She laughed softly.
"-saying ‘I got a kiss from the first night, you’ve been with her five times and you’ve had nothing’ so I need to regain my manliness and authority in my household."
"Well, when you put it that way…" She gave another small smile and turned to face him. He met her eyes, looking both nervous and excited. She leaned towards him and kissed him gently, closing her eyes as she did so. He let out a contented sigh and kissed her back, drawing her closer to him.
"Oh, GROSS." A voice chipped in a minute or so later, once they’d broken apart. "Did I just witness the first kiss?"
"Yeah, you did, Nick, thanks a lot for showing up." Jesse gave a small smile, faint smudges of lipstick left on his lips.
"Ew…Saf, please don’t tell me you actually enjoyed that."
"I don’t know, I’m going inside." Safi blushed, laughing quietly again.
"Wash your mouth out, he’s dirty." Nick called after her as she disappeared into the house. Jesse looked pleased with himself, running one hand through his hair.
"Please never kiss my sister in front of our house again." Nick told him, making his way up the steps with bags of shopping.
"I’ll make a note of it." He smiled faintly and turned to leave, breaking into a wide smile as he departed.