Tower Bridge Tableau

Hello and welcome to the 2020 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! I’m writing one new meet-cute per day as part of my “Sacramento Love” theme. Read along as couples find themselves falling for folks in lucky locations across California’s capital city. In this time of social distancing, there’s no need to fear a little fictional fun, so get your romance fix here and enjoy!

P.S. Today’s story was inspired by Writer’s Block Coffee, who really are donating 100% of their sales today to Feeding America! They’re aiming to raise $1,000 for the hunger charity, so if you need to stock up on coffee (or just want to try something new), today’s the day.

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Tower Bridge was a bit of an odd choice for a first date, but it was the most “Sacramento” of all the local landmarks Tina could think of for an impromptu photo shoot. Tony was a photographer and Tina did a bit of modeling, so they could take some shots together and light up his Instagram with a little hometown pride… and maybe even a kiss?

“Don’t get ahead of yourself, T,” she whispered, hoping for the best while planning for the worst.

Wearing a bright aqua top and a tropical skirt to match, Tina walked three-quarters of the way across the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and planted herself against the golden tower closest to West Sacramento. She carefully balanced two cups of coffee on the railing, waiting for Tony to join her.

“Bella!” came a deep voice to her left, along with a whizzing sound that quickly wound down to silence.

Tony slid his bicycle to a stop about a yard from Tina. He hopped off, leaned the bike against the railing, and re-positioned his camera gear on either side of his body.

“Hi,” Tina said, suddenly nervous.

“Ciao, bella!” Tony cried, leaning in and quickly kissing her on both cheeks, Italian-style.

“How do you take your coffee?” she asked, offering him one of the cups.

“Black, like my heart,” he said with a laugh, and accepted the cup. He let his fingers linger against hers for a moment.

She pulled away slowly, enjoying his touch. He took a drink from the hot cup. She enjoyed watching him savor that first sip, and her thoughts skipped ahead to the moment he might savor her lips the same way.

“Perfetto,” he pronounced, placing the cup near a gold pylon. “Shall we dance?”

She smiled as he pulled one of his Canons from its holster.

“Fire when ready,” she said, striking a pose.

Don’t miss a magical moment!

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