So it's been two months since I've written a journal entry and I think it's time I finally wrote out something. In the two months since my last entry, not much has really changed. School has ended for me, and I'm currently on Summer Break. I've been spending my days sleeping late and putting off my summer assignments.
As I write this, I am pushing through an all-nighter, and I am scrambling my exhausted brain to type out these words. I have nothing else to do, so I figure writing something would be better than just lying here and falling asleep.
Regarding the title, I did in fact meet someone at the boardwalk. It's a story that I've told many of my friends already, but I wanted to write it out here, so I could look back on it later.
The story starts a few days ago, my family decided to go to the beach Boardwalk here in a Santa Cruz to celebrate Father's Day. The day started off as expected. We set up a small shaded area on the beach, and my cousins and I went towards the shoreline to play around in the waves. After this, we went back to shore, dried off, and ate. My cousins decided they wanted to try the Haunted Castle ride, and they invited me to join them much to my dismay.
I was honestly scared. I hate roller coasters. It's not that I'm afraid of heights or falling, I just absolutely hate the feeling that you get in your gut when you go through a heavy drop or sudden jolt. After persuading me, they managed to get me onto the ride and I discovered the carts seated four people, two in the back, two in the front. There were three of us, and it was decided that I would be the song to sit in the front. This made me feel uneasy, but while we were standing in line, I googled reviews for the ride on my phone and was relieved to find reviews stating that the ride wasn't all that bad. During the ride, I kept my eyes closed for a few parts, but overall, the ride wasn't so bad.
Afterwards, my cousins took me to the Boardwalk's arcade, where I was amazed at all the flashing lights and the familiar games that I saw. I decided to play a few games and stopped at Tekken 4, where one of my cousins challenged me, and eventually won. It was at this point in time that my cousins decided to go ride the other rides the park had to offer. They put their numbers into my phone and went on their way while I stayed behind. I continued to play Tekken, with my phone on the machine's dashboard. My phone suddenly began to vibrate and it fell, hitting the ground. Without knowing, I accidentally moved my foot, pushing my phone under the machine.
I panicked and got down to try and reach under the machine to get it back, but to no avail. I couldn't see or feel anything underneath. I got up, feeling defeated and embarrassed when I saw an employee of the Boardwalk walk by with a broom and dustpan. I decided that it would probably be my best chance. I went after him, and tapped him on his shoulder to get his attention. I said "excuse me" a few times, which seemed to confuse him.
He turned around and my stomach dropped when I saw him. I just thought he was the cutest boy I'd ever laid eyes on. He had really short, blonde hair that was cut short, and blue eyes that just pierced into the darkest depths of your soul.I remember Boardwalk uniform he was wearing. It consisted of a blue polo shirt with the "Beach Boardwalk" logo on the left breast and blue knee-length shorts. I remember just standing there, struggling to get words to come out. I managed to say "Phone. Under. Went." and motioned to the machine that trapped my phone underneath it.
He looked at me if I was insane, then walked over to it. "Under this?" he asked, pointing towards the machine. I nodded, too choked up to speak. He got down and started poking underneath the machine with his broom, trying to scoop out my phone. I felt weird standing there, because I was just staring at his butt the entire time as he worked. At one point, someone behind us began to whistle.
After a while, all he could dig out was lint and dust. He decided to try the other side, and managed to find nothing there as well. This boy had a look of defeat and disappointment in his face, which I found to be strangely adorable. "I'm sorry, I guess I couldn't find it," he said, rising up. "Found it!" I exclaimed, as I saw the phone jutting out from the opposite side of the machine. I picked it up and went to thank him.
His face had a look of relief now, his blue eyes widening as I walked up to him. "Thank you," I managed to say, looking away from him. I could feel my cheeks beginning to flush. "No problem," he replied. He nodded and smiled at me before he walked away, and I stayed there, staring in disbelief as he moved out of sight.
I went to other machines, and we passed by each other occasionally, holding eye contact for a split second before going our separate ways. For the rest of my stay, I decided to play at a Gauntlet machine, and as I played, I would see him pass by in the corner of my eye. Sometimes he would be answering questions, and sometimes he would be sweeping. Other times, I could've sworn he was looking at me, and my heart skipped a beat when I thought so. My phone vibrated again (this time in my pocket), it was a message from my sister telling me to head back to the rest of the family. I sighed and finished up my game and headed for the entrance, where the boy I met earlier was sweeping.
I decided to speak with him, since I was about to leave, and I had been catching glimpses of him all throughout the time I spent there. "Hi," I called out, as I approached him. He looked up at me and replied with a "Hello." We made small talk, both of us trying hard to not get too caught up in the conversation.
"You should be more careful next time, I've never heard of anyone dropping their phone under a machine."
"I guess I'm just clumsy."
I watched him as he began to sweep again. We were about the same height, an occurrence that I had not noticed until now, and he smelled nice. I wasn't sure if this was due to the fact that he worked so close to the ocean, or if he was wearing some type of cologne. He noticed my silence and looked up at me again, causing me to awkwardly break my gaze.
"No, I just zoned out for a second."
We shared a small laugh.
"Thanks for helping me today, I would've been in trouble if I never got my phone back."
"No problem, just be more careful."
There was a small pause. I realized that my time was short, and my family was probably waiting for me back at the beach, but I was comfortable here, just having a small conversation with someone.
"I have to go."
I said slowly, as I waved and made my way out.
I stopped. He took my hands and placed a single token in them. His hands were surprisingly soft, and especially warm. I stared at the coin in my hand, confused.
"But I'm leaving."
"For when you come back," he replied, winking at me as he began to sweep again.
My heart swelled. I desperately wanted to stay, but I felt my phone vibrating in my pocket again, urging me to leave.
"Okay," I replied, watching him as he looked up at me.
"For when I come back."
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