'More Than Words' by David Shakes

'She had the most beautiful eyes,' he begins as he and a friend sip their pints. 'She also had the biggest pair of ..'

'...arms,' she tells her friends as they dine al fresco.' Really big, strong arms. I imagined them circling me. Holding me tightly. Keeping me...'

'...horny. I mean she was at least an' 8' mate. A looker. I knew straight away that one way or another, I'd be taking her home. But I played it cool, made her think I was...'

'...a real gentleman. So considerate and attentive. I couldn't believe he was so interested in yoga! I mean...'

'...bloody yoga! I had to try really hard to concentrate! I almost glazed over, but she went on and on! I was wondering just how flexible yoga made her, because, you know, that could lead to some interesting...'

'...positions. I talked about every one we'd learned in class. He didn't talk much but I could tell he was really engaged. It's important that your boyfriend shares your interests, don't you think? I felt so at ease with him, and he...'

'...knew she'd be up for it! Had her hooked. She was eating out of my hands. But then it got weird. Because I found myself genuinely interested. I know! But she has such a lovely way of speaking and I just found myself...'

'...captivated. If I'm honest my first impressions hadn't been favourable. I thought maybe he was only interested in a one-night stand. But he was deeper than that. I was disarmed. I even considered going home with him afterwards, but...'

'...I couldn't do it mate. Couldn't use her like that. She was such a great person. So selfless and open. So at the end of the night we got a cab, I saw her to the door and...'

'...gave me a peck on the cheek! Said what a nice night he'd had and would love to do it again. Do you know something? I was disappointed! I wanted him to come in. It had been a while since, well, you know... and I fancied him. But I'm glad he didn't because...'

'...I could hardly wait for the second date. And that went really well. We had a fantastic meal and then walked in the park. It was dark but the moon was out...'

'...and, although I can't remember when, he put his coat on my shoulders and wrapped his arm around me. We walked and hugged and just talked...'

'...about anything and everything. She was so intelligent and so well travelled but seemed genuinely interested in me. I even told her things I haven't told you mate. It felt so...'

'...natural. That's the only way to describe it. Like we'd known each other forever...'

'...so that's how it happened. I know you're going to get on great with her..'

'...you're going to like him as much as I do. In fact, if I'm honest, I don't just like him...'

'...because I love her.'

'I love him.'


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