An insecure step. Left arm down, right arm up. Inching forwards.

A confident step. Left arm down, right arm up. Stepping forwards.

The two torsos meet. Heads to the left. Small talk. Plans for the future. One enthusiastic person, one reserved.

Slowly, I relax. Let my head drop on his shoulder. Hug him tighter, closer to me.

One enthusiastic person, one undecided.

Comfortable resting.

Bittersweet parting.

This is it — the first hug. Or is it? Maybe both had their reservations?

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