Flavors sit differently on my tongue
As I look at the girl across from me.
Her blonde hair seems brighter in the
Fluorescent lighting. The cheap atmosphere
Illuminating her features in a different way.

Our utensils scrape the ceramic table settings
And our mouths are full of chintzy diner food
As we share this first moment together.
Her blue eyes are trained on the bowl
Resting in front of her,
But mine are straight ahead.

I know she feels my gaze
As she looks up to return it
A wide smile spreading across her face.
I’ve never shared a moment like this with anyone before.

Her feet keep tapping mine,
A mock game of footsy happening under the table.
I laugh and she responds the same way —
The awkward atmosphere that surrounded us
Soon diminished.

My hand reaches for hers
Our pencil-blistered fingers intertwining
As we discuss miscellaneous topics.

We keep our eyes on each other,
But in the backs of our minds,
Our surroundings are most prominent.

The public is never the safest place to be
If you are not a couple that fits the mold
Of Adam and Eve.

Danie Knopf-Weinstein is a 16-year-old Jewish writer originally from the north shore of Long Island, New York, but now lives in Greer, South Carolina. They attend the Fine Arts Center, a magnet arts high school, for their creative writing program. They are both the Prose and Managing Editor for Apprehension Magazine, and an Assistant Poetry Editor for Crashtest, both experimental online publications for high-school-aged writers around the world. They have had a piece published by Red Fez, and have achieved both a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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