One never knows where one may meet another.
Isaiah and I met amidst stacks of books at Barnes and Noble. A beautiful man, light walnut in color, an abbreviated 5’5″ tall, and a chassis which expresses the demands of a contemporary dancer. His smile stretches, like a freshly napped cat, across his delighted face. Even his eyes glint with joy.
“Hello,” he said.
“Hello,” I replied.
“How’re things,” he asked.
“They’re great,” I answered.
Sheepishly he added, “You seem to be aware of life’s favor for you.”
“You’re not from Charlotte, are you,” he asked leaning against the bookcase.
“Is anyone from Charlotte,” I asked.
“I am,” Isaiah replied quietly.
“Well, I’m not,” I admitted.
And so it started, a repartee which carried itself out of the book stacks, and into the coffee shop; over a butter croissant and a slice of carrot cake; beyond the check-out line and into his car.
“You’re exquisitely handsome,” Isaiah said while turned in his seat.
“Exquisite,” I asked.
“Desirable. Satisfying. A treat,” he added while smiling.
“We should be lovers,” I said.
“Hm, really?” he asked.
“Why not be lovers? It’s very continental,” I stated.
“We’d shadow each other handsomely,” he said reaching out and waffling my hand.
Then there was more conversation and we ended up at my apartment. While sitting on the couch, his back nestled tightly against my chest, my arms encircling him, I said, “Isaiah, you have the kind of body that I could wrap myself around; like a Venus fly trap swallowing a bee.”
Our skin melted that night, melted like icycles which caused gooseflesh and small after shocks of shivers. We spoke bedspeak, that affectionate lingo that two men engulfed in complete adoration speak to each other.
Once again it happened, happenstance, in the stacks of Barnes and Noble, Isaiah and I meeting, both of us lovers and lovers of books. Find yourself amidst those things you love, and you just might find a title or magazine or man that you hadn’t thought of reading, but that caught your eye and begged you to take it from the shelf and take it home.