subject line: Danny Boy April 21, 2016 by Hannah Brencher chattanooga We hadn’t known each other 24 hours and we decided to drive across two state lines. You said, “you’re very trusting to do this.” I said, “I have a good feeling about people.” He said I had an awareness right behind my eyes. We took the scenic drive, stopping at overlooks to remind ourselves of perspective. We talked of family, of language, of brokenness. We found a cave. Is this a dream? I asked myself. Two weeks ago I was writing a letter about a boy I’m held up on that I’ve never had this stimulating of conversation with. Today, I’m writing about someone I accidentally met less than 24 hours ago and have been more affirmed than I have in years, in the things that matter. Tonight was my first kiss in Tennessee, to someone I didn’t know this time yesterday. Tell me that life doesn’t have surprises for you, and I’ll tell you differently.