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Writing 101, Day Six: A Character-Building Experience

Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year?

Our stories are inevitably linked to the people around us. We are social creatures: from the family members and friends who’ve known us since childhood, to the coworkers, service providers, and strangers who populate our world (and, at times, leave an unexpected mark on us).

Today, write a post focusing on one — or more — of the people that have recently entered your life, and tell us how your narratives intersected. It can be your new partner, your newborn child, or the friendly barista whose real story you’d love to learn (or imagine), or any other person you’ve met for the first time in the past year.

Today’s twist: Turn your post into a character study.

Across A Building

Daily routines can be so mundane and tedious. There are countless of times where Chris pictured the fully packed elevator just stop somewhere before Floor 26 and the steel doors would never open. As he walks to his chair of ‘chains’ (that’s what he calls it) without a word, he couldn’t stop glancing through a window to his right. Chris makes sure his surroundings wouldn’t notice him before he peeks at her. He has been doing it for the past couple of weeks.

Chris is at his early thirty, 5-foot-8 with a thin build and lacks of superficial muscles. One will immediately notices his short light-blonde buzz-cut hairstyle and his blue eyes emits nothing but a void. He doesn’t talk much as he is shy and doesn’t know how to deal with women.

One story down across the building directly to Chris sits a woman around his age, her curled brown hair falls elegantly to the back of her shoulder. He can tell by her looks that she is an independent woman and with a whole room for herself, she’s probably an entrepreneur. She is out of his league, he thought to himself. The biggest courage he could ever mustered up is the day where their eyes meet, although it only lasts for 2 seconds before he throws his glance away. Deep inside, Chris feels something he has been longing for, something so powerful that sent Chris flustered. Nervousness and confusion started to mix up with excitement, he has no clue that across the building, his crush finds it cute and left out a giggle.

A few minutes before office hour ends, Chris packed his stuff in a flash and rushed down the building. Right after his soul stepped out of the big rolling door, he freezes. Chris never envisioned her brown hair would appear so majestic in a beautiful sunset combined with a tint of yellow sparkle radiated from a lamp post in front her where she stands there like she has been expecting him. She waves her right hand while holding her bag in her left signalling Chris to come over.

“H…Hi! I’m Chris…”, he said while holding his right arm out after a few wipe to his pants.

“Hi!”, she replied and reaching his hand.

“I…I…”, mumbled Chris losing to his nervousness without letting her hand go.

“I know. I have been watching you too!”, she smiled with a blush and a composed gaze.

The moment their hands touched, a pair of striking brown eyes filled Chris’ heart with a sense of purpose. Chris couldn’t help but to notice a few freckles around her cheeks compliments her light skin and finally letting her hand go.

“Do you… possibly want to grab a cup of coffee?”, he asks hesitantly.

“I thought you would never ask.” she jubilantly replied.

Along the walk, people will notice that they are made for each other and they would tell little jokes to each other and laugh to their heart content. Just right before reaching upon their destination, a final sentence is recited before another journey begins.

“It’s Sarah by the way.”