Love At First Sight

27 Jun

I was never a person who believed in love at first sight. Even as a man who admired film and romance, I thought the idea was preposterous. I mean, how could you love someone you knew nothing about? Maybe I was just jaded from being alone for far too long.

I spent my free time trying different dating sites hoping to find something worthwhile but even I knew those chances were slim. Each interaction was as empty as an old town mall. Conversations always began and ended with pillow talk or sexual innuendos. I told my friends I was looking for something but truth was, the dating apps were my excuse to not go out and actually search for love.

The past few relationships I had been apart of left me scarred with a bitter taste in my mouth. To be fair, it was partially my fault. I knew I was born in a generation of people who were far too “cool” to show love and affection and yet I still held on for hope. Friends with benefits was the new fad and no one was ready to commit. When those few people did commit, they didn’t hesitate to throw you by the waste side when times got tough. I knew in my heart, eventually the day would come when I would go out looking again but I didn’t realize that day would come so soon.

It was a cold winters day when I decided to get out of the house because I couldn’t stand another minute alone and just drove. I went a few cities over and cruised downtown until I found somewhere that caught my eye. The streets were packed, which made me quickly realize it was market night. People covered every street corner, searching for unique and creative things to buy.

I parked my 95 Nissan Altima in the farthest parking spot available. Not because I was a fan of walking but because my car had seen better days and I didn’t want to be spotted with it.  I noticed this back alley that had a beautiful archway. The surrounding area was covered with plants, including these vibrant sunflowers. I saw a few old fashioned style tables outside and above them was a sign reading “The Red Cafe”.


I entered the desolate cafe and ordered myself a hot chocolate. I know, what person orders a hot chocolate at a cafe but I did. I’ve never been the biggest fan of coffee. I thought of sitting inside but it was such a beautiful day, so I made my way to the outside tables. As I sat at my table, I took a quick glance around to see if I was blessed with some solitude and as my head began to turn back toward my drink, my eye was caught by this woman sitting just a few feet from me. She, just like me, was also drinking a hot chocolate.

I had completely lost myself in her eyes. They seemed so infinitely beautiful, like the stars in our endless galaxy. I walked over to her and thought of a million smooth things to say but ended up with “That’s a hell of a hot chocolate isn’t it?”

She smiled, quickly remarking with “Why yes it is but I bet it’s better with company. I’m Kanika  and you are?”

“Ajay Vyas , but I go by my pet name Aj.”

And so, our conversation started and furthermore, our night began.

She had such an unorthodox way about her. She didn’t try too hard to be funny and yet I caught myself smiling as she finished every sentence. Her brown hair, smooth like silk, floated in front of her face. It was honestly my only complaint, as it hid parts of her face and something as beautiful as her should be shown in her entirety. I caught her joking a few times about being a little bit on the thick side but my eyes were so focused on hers, that I could care less about thickness or a lack of it. I just wanted to freeze that moment. Every second of it because it felt so perfect. It felt so right to be outside that cafe sharing a hot chocolate with her.

Our night came to a close and as I walked her to her car, I asked for her number. Our eyes met one last time and then I began to walk back to my car. I hoped she would get in her car and leave without seeing my old beaten ride but she waited. As I opened my car door, I heard her yell something from across the parking lot.

“If I would have known you drove a ’95 Nissan Altima, I would have invited you over to my place!”

I laughed, responding with “Do you believe love at first sight?”

“Not until I met you,” she said faintly.

I couldn’t hear her but I read her lips as if I was reading her mind. I quickly smiled and yelled back, “You’re perfect!”

And she was perfect. I realized that it wasn’t about fitting the definition of perfect that society has given us but rather, seeing that she is perfect in every way for me. I always wondered what love at first sight would be like and it was much more simple than I imagined. It was a woman holding a hot chocolate outside a cafe on a winters day.



Posted by on June 27, 2017 in random thoughts


28 responses to “Love At First Sight

  1. Esther

    June 27, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Please tell me this isn’t fiction 😶

    Liked by 3 people

  2. shalini

    June 28, 2017 at 12:05 AM

    Superb aj, why didn’t you pursue her don’t worry abt anything else
    Huhh it’s fiction?? Anyways good luck.. Too many people are hung up about a lot of things other than love..

    Liked by 1 person

  3. hati03nisa

    June 28, 2017 at 3:19 AM

    Honest and beautiful text

    Liked by 1 person

  4. theloveauthentic

    June 30, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Gorgeous and sweet – thank you for sharing and thank you for following

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ajay Vyas

      June 30, 2017 at 12:08 PM

      Pleasure is all mine thank u so much


  5. agnuswalters

    July 1, 2017 at 12:33 AM

    A pastry in your honour, “love by chocolate”.. Since death by chocolate was too mainstream.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. kelleysdiy

    July 10, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Love this!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. thereluctantpoet

    July 11, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Well, Aj, My Friend! You have just made my day with this wonderful post!! So loved the way you wound us around your feelings of wasting time on dating sites and not being able to find what your heart was searching for. Funny, isn’t it, how fate can take you to the very place you were meant to be at, at just the right time?

    Such a great response to your first line to her – “Why yes it is but I bet it’s better with company”. The hopeless romantic in me just melted with her comment to You. The perfect response of one heart to another. How could You not fall in love with an Angel like that!!

    But I am with Shalini above, why did you not pursue her? Well, you didn’t even have to pursue her, she was waiting for you to come over. So, now we want to know the whole truth, My Friend (take out the fiction) and how things really went and the Sequel. You had better have a wonderful and romantic and sensuous Sequel for us??? We are anxiously awaiting?? Bellissimo Aj!!!!

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I am following You now and am waiting for “The Rest Of The Story”!!!! In Your Sequel.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. thereluctantpoet

    July 12, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Please Welcome Ajay of Love Relished With Ink! AJ’s Motto tells you all you need to know about AJ – “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidently, in a heartbeat . . . .”

    Please follow AJ on a journey of “Love At First Sight”. Please don’t miss this romantic trip! Please take time to check out AJ’s other works.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. braveandrecklessblog

    July 12, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Reblogged this on Go Dog Go Café and commented:
    Ajay Vyas/Love Relished With Ink

    Liked by 1 person

  10. michnavs

    July 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    This is simply beautiful..

    Liked by 1 person

  11. wordsworthsmuse

    July 12, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    What a beautiful story. It warmed me.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. joyroses13

    July 12, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Wow! This is a wonderfully written post! Your words flowed and drew me in. I love the ending!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. joyroses13

    July 12, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    You are welcome! Thank you for following my blog, hope you enjoy it!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Rafs

    August 12, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    So impressive! This was so good. Give me feedback on mine too

    Liked by 1 person


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