She couldn't have been more than 20 years old, and even then, it was obvious her manner of dress was chosen to add maturity to her age. I saw that she was lost in her magazine, and didn't catch me stepping up to her register. I relished moments like this - this game.
In my head, i contemplate every move and gesture i need to make in order to fluster and catch a girl off guard. I will first surprise her with a firm, low-register greeting. Immediately following that, i will find her eyes, and stare right into them. Once i know she has realized we've locked eyes, a smile will break out the side of my mouth baiting her, as i wait for her to act upon my transaction.
This one seemed perfectly ripe and a virtual lock as a target.
She saw me smiling at her, quickly putting her magazine on the counter behind her.
"Uh...hi." She smiled back at me. "Hiya..."
She looked down at the items i'd placed on the conveyor belt, and began to scan each one. Following the beeping response of the scanner, she gazed up at me, right into my stare that hadn't moved from her. And each time she looked, her eyes bubbled and she smiled.
"You have to guess what i'm making for dinner."
She chuckled while arching her eyebrows. She gandered at me while biting her bottom lip, to gauge my seriousness.
"I'm serious...i'll give you three guesses."
She scanned the items, assembling them in a list in her head. She squinted at me contemplatively from the side of her head, trying to figure out what my appetites might be, what lay in my background and my biography. The only thing she had to go off was what stood before her.
"Do you give up?"
"Nooooo! Give me a - "
She stopped mid-sentence, and a disembodied thought that had been boiling in her mind finally formed together.
"You have really beautiful eyes."
Caught off guard a little by the change in subject, i didn't know exactly how to react, so i just offered a simple thanks.
"They are like looking into a bright Summer sky. I could stare at them all day."
I swallowed any words that were on deck in my mouth. She completely turned things around with this comment, taking the advantage in the conversation. I smiled, a little embarrassed by the fluidity of her compliment. As she finished scanning the rest of my groceries, i didn't say much. I didn't have much to say. I continued to hold the corners of my mouth upwards as i paid my bill, and gathered my bags.
As i walked away, i thought about how one should not overestimate the prowess of one even as young as that. Just as i reached the exit door, i heard her cheery voice call after me.
"Tacos! You're making tacos."
I smiled as the sun of the beautiful Summer day hit my face. She was right.