I arrived 11 minutes unfashionably late. He was punctual. My hair? A curly mess. Wearing blue suede pumps and already out of breath from the day’s itinerary, I realized that the sight of him winded me. He gazed up at me as if I were something to eat, while simultaneously smiling innocently.

Poised as ever, I pretended not to notice. My mind raced. “What are you thinking? You’re here for business.” Poker face still intact, I graciously thanked the waitress for the lemons she placed near my water. “Salad with shrimp, please,” I requested, still collecting myself. Eye contact — it told me everything. He was freckled to perfection. A godly vernacular spoken through thick pink blessings.

“I have something for you,” he whispered. Like an enchanter, he placed the exact book I wanted to read in front of me. Attentive. I rarely meet anyone as crafty as I am, I thought. In that moment, I envied the Chanel brooch on his lapel, pinned to his right side — where I ought to be.

Fixated on his fraudulent coyness, I could see he wanted me. I bypassed the hidden agenda that was now quietly placed above what dreams are made of. It was as clear as day. Blatant as the passionate fuck that flashed through my mind. Mentally engaged, I kept it all inside. The vault! My distinguished asset. I’d only make a mess of our minds.

About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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