She was my one-night-soulmate. Have you ever met someone who was the right person for just one eternal night? Well, I met mine on New Year's Eve.
I'm sure this happens to a lot of people, New Year's Eve is a couple season.
Still, I fell in love faster then I ever had before. It happened at a friends New Year celebration party I attended. I had been considering getting drunk to empty my mind of the burdens of the past year when a girl caught my eye.
I saw her across the room. She wasn't especially beautiful or attractive, just average. Still, for reasons unknown, I felt instantly drawn to her. And not in a sexual way. I just wanted to know her.
I watched her for about half an hour, debating if and how I should approach her.
What fascinated me was that she was completely familiar yet I never seen her in my life.
So I started asking about her to my friends. They had no clue who she was. The only lead I got was that her friend who she came with was dating some guy at the party.
"Screw this". I thought. "I should just go for it. She seems friendly enough and no regrets right?"
So I made my move when I got close enough to speak to her.
"Hey, I'm Josh, I saw you earlier and wanted to introduce myself".
She looked at me and took a drink from her plastic cup. "Hi. I'm Megan, though I never go by Meg. So you saw me here earlier and you're just now introducing yourself?"
Her response took me by surprise. I tried to cover by changing the subject, "Yeah, but I'm here now aren't I? How's the party been for you?"
She smiled apologitically. "Sorry, I'm not great with people. I came here with my friend thinking it would be nice to get out and have some fun, but I'm starting to change my mind. The only one that has tried to talk to me tonight is you".
I took my chance. "No fun? I can help you with that. if you let me, I'll change your mind".
She gave me a funny look.
"Not like that!" I said quickly, a little embarassed. "I just had this crazy idea that we could leave this party and find something better to do in town" .
She hesitated, looked around and then shrugged.
"Where would we go?" She asked.
"I have a place in mind".
Before we left, Megan had to tell her friend she was leaving with me, giving me the opportunity to change my mind. I didn't however and when we stepped through the door the feeling I got was strangely exhilarating. I wasn't really sure what I was doing and I had no idea why I was so excited, but it was 8:00 p.m. and the night was not going to last forever.
Together, we strolled down the street. It was a nice evening, and there was a little bit of snow, but both of us had jackets and the cold air felt refreshing.
"It's nice out her don't you think?"
"Yeah, it is".
I paused, thinking of what I wanted to say next. "I swear I'm not the kind of guy who does the 'leave with a girl every night' thing but when I saw you at the party I just wanted to get to know you and I have no idea why".
Megan was silent. "
I know that sounds kind of creepy but it's true. There's something about you that feels right to me".
She seemed to understand what I was trying to say. "You know, I could have stayed at the party tonight and left with my friend. I almost said no to your offer but I felt like I should go with you".
She must have sensed my smile without looking at me because she laughed softly.
Our small talk led us to discussions about the snow, Christmas, plans for next year, things like that.
We must have been only walking for only a short time because by the time we reached the place we were heading it was only 8:32.
As we had gotten to know each other on the way over, she had become more alluring in my eyes. Even her voice was more inviting to me now that I was listening more closely. I must have been wrong before about her being average-looking.
"Here we are". I said.
"It's a bridge"
"Yeah, a nice bridge".
"Then a here it is". She said with a laugh.
I led her to the middle and stopped.
"Sometimes I like to come here and look out on the water. I think everyone has their own place where they go to think and calm down; this is mine. Welcome". I turned to face her.
She was watching the water I had pointed to.
"It's a nice place. I like how to from the city lights make the water glitter".
I noticed the leftover Christmas lights she was talking about. I'm not sure why I brought her of all people here but I was glad she seemed happy.
We enjoyed the view in silence for several minutes before I spoke again.
"I haven't been here in a while, mostly because I don't like to be alone very much. Thanks for letting me take you here, it means a lot".
Now it was my turn to sense her smile.
"You wanna go bowling?" She asked suddenly. "I know this place close to here and it has the BEST hot chocolate".
"Yeah, I'm down. We have plenty of night to waste".
This time, while we were walking, my attention was completely on her, but not what she was saying. I could care less about her relatives.
We arrived a a rundown looking shack on the edge of town.
Again, our roles were reversed. "Are you sure this place is good? They seem kinda sketchy".
"I'm sure. I told you, my Uncle is the owner and it gets better when your inside.
She was right. this place was great. There was only two other people in there but us but that wasn't a problem. Her Uncle seemed pleased to see us as he brought us hot chocolate on the house.
Turns out that we both suck at bowling. Neither of us could knock down more than three pins at a time. Still, it was really fun and I can't remember laughing so much in my entire life.
When we settled back in a booth to take a break, I was upset to see that the time was 11:23. We couldn't have spent that long here could we? I didn't want our fun to end here.
She wasn't bothered in the least.
"It's like, the longest night of the year Josh! We have all night, I'm not even talking about midnight, New Years isn't really over till morning".
I had to agree with that.
"Okay, then I say that we go into the city center to watch the clock strike twelve". I reasoned.
We ordered a taxi this time. It was getting frosty outside and we had had our fresh air for the night.
I was kind of worried we wouldn't get there in time to get a good spot, but we did somehow. I guess luck was on our side.
At 11:59:50 you could practically hear the whole world count down.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2...1
She kissed me. Or I kissed her, it doesn't matter.
If you've never had a kiss on the second a New Year began, you're missing out.
Kissing her was a dream. It was an ending and also a beginning.
It was perfect. This stranger that had I met only a couple hours ago had become a person I knew. I wanted to tell her everything about myself and not leave anything out. I wanted to know more about her, who she was, who she wanted to be, where she would go if she could.
And, that too was made into a reality.
We spent the rest of the night doing random things around town. We rented a canoe and went sledding down a hill. We looked at stars. We went to my house and make gingerbread cookies and then left them in the doorways of houses.
And then, it was 5:00 a.m.
the magic slowed down after that. Megan had to catch a flight to another state at seven, and I had promised my friend I would help him clean up his party.
Even though our night was unimaginable, I was content.
So, just like that, we were strangers again as if the whole night never happened. I haven't seen or heard from her since but I will always remember our night.
I know where her Uncle works, she knows where I live. We could have found each other again but I don't think that that is how it was meant to be. We were one-night-soulmates and that was it. One extraordinary night that will be buried in the years after.
I think that we are both okay with how it turned out. From time to time, I still think about what happened that New Year's Eve. However, it's just a distant and happy memory now.
And that's all that it needs to be.