First lines given – #10


Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here’s a link to where I explain what this is.

Today’s first line is by Jaya! She said:

I absolutely love this first line. Here we go:


And the gale came shrieking like a woman mourning the loss of her man, but you welcomed it and turned your face upward to feel the rain. The bird fell silent on your arm in seconds.

I stood under my umbrella, watching from a safe distance. I didn’t know what to say. We weren’t friends. We hadn’t ever talked before. But I knew your name. I knew your face from all the times it appeared behind a screen.

And I marveled at you calming a bird you’ve never met before. Did you have a bird as a child or was this a random impulse you felt in your soul? Did you secretly know how to turn a world upside down?

The bird cried a few more times before it jumped onto the fence in front of you. It bobbed its head, either to say thank you or to wonder what happened between you two. Or to shake some of the rain off. It wasn’t long before it flew away toward the sun. Silent.

You turned my way then, seeing that I saw the wonder as well. It was as if you noticed me for the first time. You saw through the screen. But that didn’t last.

You gave me a soft smile, turned away, and headed back inside your house.

The miracle disappeared before I could even say hello.

Copyright © Robin LeeAnn


Short announcement!

If you’d like, submit a line for First Lines Given in the comments below! I’ve run out of First Lines to do for the time being.

10 thoughts on “First lines given – #10

  1. I am so glad I have time to read this, and I love the tone of this piece! Your final line also really clicked with me and left me with that feeling when the sun almost breaks the clouds and fails.
    Thanks for sharing!

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