YA Highway (but think maybe I should be) because this topic really got my mind spinning. The prompt was: Compare your first kiss with your favorite character’s first kiss. Pretty much everyone who commented said their first kiss sucked.
Really? Everyone? Is that why you’re all writers? You want to relive your first kiss through your characters?
It’s cool. I get it. There’s nothing like a first kiss with someone new. The electricity, the tension, the anticipation…oh yeah (says the Twix guy in his super deep voice).
I guess I’m lucky because my first kiss rocked. It took a lot of other kisses to compare with that one. Let me set it up for you:
It was late October. Snow was beginning to drift from the heavy, gray clouds. The white flakes were a stark contrast against the black sleeves of Hayden’s letterman’s jacket. It was much too long for me — brushing the middle of my thighs as we walked to the horse enclosure at the back of his family’s property.
I climbed onto the bottom slat of the wooden fence and watched as the horses came at his call. They nuzzled his shoulders begging for the treats they knew he snuck from the house. Hayden spoke to them, his dimples deepening as the roan mare pushed her nose into his neck, snuffling loudly.
“Do you want to feed them?” He offered a few apple slices and stood behind me as I gave them to the horses from my open palm. Hayden wrapped his arms around my waist, steadying me so that I could pet their muzzles.
His breath was warm, stirring my hair. I shivered, but it was a pleasant feeling.
“Just a little.” I stepped down from the fence and turned around, right into his arms.
And I’ll leave the rest to your imagination ( because if my husband reads this post and all the magical-ness of my first kiss it might be a little weird).
Given my affection for first kisses, it’s pretty interesting that I started SAW IT COMING after the main characters had their intial kiss. But the first kiss is an integral part of my WIP, actually a major plot point (Hint: My main character is sort of a biological weapon and kissing is against the law). Here’s a little snippet from that scene:
His hand stroked my cheek, moving slowly to the back of my neck. The caress started something I didn’t want to stop.
Leaning forward, I closed the gap between us and pressed my mouth against his. I’d seen a couple of people kiss—my cousin on her wedding day and in one of the movies the government let us watch during the county fair. But I had no clue what it would feel like.
Jake’s lips were warm, a little bit dry, and so…right. His hand tightened on my neck, but he didn’t push me away.
It wasn’t enough; I wanted to know how he tasted. I opened my mouth intending to draw his full bottom lip between mine. Our tongues brushed and he broke contact, jolting back like he’d been shocked by a cattle fence.
“I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean…” He let out a ragged breath. “You need to go. I’ll help you home.”
I pressed my lips tightly together, trying to savor that little bit of sweetness, the flavor of Jake.
There is a lot more kissing to come, a lot of teasing, a lot of anticipation. Have I mentioned that first drafts can be so much fun to write?
What I really want to know is WHY everyone’s first kisses were so bad and how that helps you write better kisses for your characters?
Kris & Kels
Hmm.. mine didn’t suck, but you’re right, I did see a lot of posts that did. I don’t know. I can’t say I focus on the kiss (in my WIP) so much as making sure that first one isn’t the last. Great post!
<3 Kelsey Leigh
Susanna Leonard Hill
My first kiss didn’t suck either, although it wasn’t as great as some later ones 🙂 Love your post!
@Kelsey: Went to your blog and your first kiss was super sweet! I’m glad someone else didn’t regret theirs!
@Susanna: I know exactly what you’re talking about! My first kiss was sweet, but it wasn’t the BEST kiss I ever had or the most memorable 🙂
Lindsay N. Currie
Good post Becky. I think you are lucky – many first kisses are awkward and filled with the taste of pizza or stale gum than being magical like this:) I’m glad to see the snippet from your WIP too (uh, do I get to read it???)
@Lindsay: It also helps when your first kiss is with someone much older and more experienced! I guess not everyone has that as an option!
My first was brief!
Mine didn’t suck at all.
Hehe. Your first kiss sounds AMAZING!
I’m so glad to here that there were a lot of good first kisses! Yesterday I couldn’t seem to find any!
@Chris: After reading your blog, I’m sort of wondering if there is more to the “didn’t suck” than you are saying!
I love your first kiss! It sounds perfect. My first kiss sucked because I was 18 and probably the only person in the senior class who had never kissed someone. I knew my friend had a crush on me so I knew the kiss would happen at some point and I wanted it to just happen because I’d waited so long. I didn’t anticipate it happening after he’d been drinking and smoking. My first kiss was slobbery and tasted like cigarettes. And it wasn’t romantic in the least since he was drunk.
@Tracey: That really is a bummer! But hey, everything was uphill from there!
I think you win for perfect first kiss IRL!
@Rebecca: There are some other great stories out there! Lara (commented above) told an awesome story about her first kiss with her husband. It was so sweet!