Elster's World

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Two Sides of the Same Kiss

Sarah and Jennie sat cross-legged, across from each other under the shade of the giant oak which spread itself out like a canopy on the corner of the beautifully manicured property which made up the Samuel G. Kirsch High School for Girls. Their lunches remained in the brown paper sacks they had been brough in, forgotten and un-eaten in the noonday sun. Although the last days of September were bleeding away the termperature remained warm, as though summer had decided to extend itself over the first tendrils of fall. All around them girls sat in groups or alone, depending upon social status, across the lush, green campus grounds. Sarah and Jennie would normally been seated at places of high honor in one of the larger groups of freshman girls but today was one for private discussion.

"So how was it?" Jennie asked breathlessly, as though the recounting of last night's tale would somehow transfer the physical action of her friend to her own lonely nocturnal being.

Sarah smiled and her eyes held the promise of future fullfilled wonderments. "It was amazing Jennie," she said softly. "It's like, I can't even describe it."

"Try, hun."

She sighed. "Hmmm. Well, it's like...like all of your favorite ice cream flavors touching your lips at the same time. It's like having magic. It's everything you see in the movies only so much better." The words had come out in a rush. Now she leaned back against the rough bark of the oak's trunk and looked at her friend expectantly.

"Oh my gosh," Jennie replied. "That is amazing. You are so lucky Sarah. I can't wait for my first kiss. Are you going to see him again?"

Sarah affected a southern belle accent. "You can be sure of that dahling," she answered.

The girls giggled uncontrolably, the first chains of their innocent pasts removed from the endlessly bright futures they saw for themselves.

*** ***

David and his friends sat on a picnic table at the park half block down from their school. The sun beat down on the half empty pizza box and sodas which rested on the table. The boys looked at their unquestioned leader, his face flushed with heat, his button down shirt untucked and ringed with sweat.

"How was it man?" they asked, tones hushed and reverential. "Did she give you the tongue?"

David smiled at last night's pleasant memories, gathering the experiences and his thoughts before replying. At last, he spoke. "It was awsome, dude. Hey, did you guys see the Jet game last night?"


  • I don't know about the girl's side, but the guy side rings very true...

    By Blogger MC Aryeh, at 11:34 PM  

  • I'm pretty confident I got the other side right too.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:55 AM  

  • What age range were you going for elster? The dialogue somehow idnt seem consistent with a first kiss age group. It almost felt like a lower east side tea party.

    Overall though, very consistent with gender differences and the two sides one coin genre.

    By Blogger The Real Neo, at 12:52 PM  

  • Freshman High School. That's like 13 or 14.

    Still, I don't think the DIALOGUE is too mature - have you heard how kids talk these days? Of course you have - you teach some of 'em.

    By Blogger Elster, at 1:12 PM  

  • But a girl who would describe a kiss like that would never wait until the next day at lunch time--she'd phone her friend right after getting home or pull her aside in the halls before class! :)

    By Blogger BrownsvilleGirl, at 3:58 PM  

  • Ok a) she didn't get home till very very late and therefore b)

    She overslept and didn't get to class till late the next day.

    But what do I know, I'm a guy.

    By Blogger Elster, at 4:07 PM  

  • Haha. :)

    By Blogger BrownsvilleGirl, at 4:45 PM  

  • Summer lovin' had me a blast... It's like a Jewish Danny and Sandy!

    Cute - loved the description of the weather changing and the social scene. I live in (or near) that world, man.

    By Blogger AnySara, at 10:09 PM  

  • genius.
    (clap clap clap)
    youve captured some truth with that one

    By Blogger dietgarage, at 1:54 AM  

  • Thanks guys. It's positive reinforcement like this that keeps me writing. Seriously.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:29 AM  

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