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  • Those wide blue eyes draw you in. Both wanderers, foreigners, he makes you feel at once at home.

    He shows you to the farmers' market, the flea market. You talk about the beauty of everyday things. You toy with the idea that one could ship rustic furniture back home, sending a material piece of this place back, to be with you.

    You walk through the garment district. He has either patience or simply interest enough to watch you try things on; you emerge from behind a curtain in a mini dress and wooly pink sock feet. He appreciates the juxtaposition.

    The winter sun sets, and you snap photos of palm trees and signs composed of capital letters silhouetted against a bright sky. You relate ideas of the future, of what's to come, and how to translate desires into actions.

    You might later say to a girlfriend that 'nothing happened,' as though sexual contact was the only meaningful way to relate to a person, the only way that such a brief relationship could possibly signify anything memorable.

    You saw strength in him, independence, intelligence, perseverance.

    You wonder at what never was, not so much in wishful thinking, longing, or regret, but simply because you find that you crave the continuation of the story. You've found yourself curious about his fate, his destiny, and you wonder if in some form you can witness its unfolding.
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