Maria’s words moved John to tears, but he didn’t want to admit it. He turned slightly away to cover up as best as he could as he dabbed the traitorous tear that escaped his iron clad grasp. He looked back into her deep brown eyes and thought back to when they had first met. It seemed like it was forever, and also just now. No matter, it had been love at first sight for John, even if Maria hadn’t realized it.
John smiled and bent close, making sure only Maria would hear his declaration of devotion in the cacophony that surrounded the two of them, but she beat him to the punch. “Well it was nice to meet you,” Maria said cheerfully as the starting countdown began. “Good luck.”
Before John could respond, Maria began to jog away in the sea of humanity that made up the mass start of the Boilermaker 15K race. John attempted to follow, but soon Maria was swallowed up by the swarming runners passing him. John sighed as he slowed even more to find his own pace. At least they will always have the start of the race. Of course, maybe he could find her in the party afterward and share a beer. Who knows, he might even get her phone number.