Here is a story I have been working on for a little bit now. It has a slow start but I would like to think it gets better as it goes. Input is definitely welcome, and I hope you like it. Chapter 1 It was going to be a good night. Though it wasnt my first trip to Chicago it was going to be one of the best times I would have there. I was there to see one of my favorite bands along with another amazing band to play at midnight. A group of friends and I drove down from Madison having bought tickets weeks in advance. I had just turned twenty-one a few weeks earlier and it was New Years Eve and it was going to be a new millennium. We arrived around 9pm to the venue and got there early enough to get up pretty close to the stage. The room had energy running all through it. People giddy with anticipation, fueled on by the booze coursing in all of us. After a few rounds of drinks that we took turns getting the band took stage. The venue filled in with the jet like sounds of guitars and drums, and the audience exploded into a frenzy. The crowd seemed to become one as it moved closer to the stage, everyone pushing into the other. As the band played on I noticed my friend Ben talking to this rather attractive blonde girl. She wasnt just tall but also skinny. Not quite the anorexic model, but similar; in a healthy way though. She was dressed well for a scenester. Tight skinny jeans, a flattering black T-shirt that was of some band I didnt know, and an understated pair of flats. Now Ben wasnt the most attractive guy on earth but he had the gift of gab and women loved him. He was 23 and starting to bald a bit and had a slim frame that he wore well. The girl he was talking to seemed really excited as they conversed. He leaned over to me and had to shout into my ear several times that she was a huge fan of the bands they were seeing and that she had driven all the way from Kansas to be there that night. As he was saying this to me I noticed the blonde girl lean over to what I could only assume was her friend. I was enamored the moment I saw her. She was the girl next door type of brunette, her soft features and doe eyes was all it took for me to want to get to know this girl. She looked over her shoulder at Ben first and then looked at me for a moment with a little smile. I have no idea how I hadnt noticed her standing right in front of me for what I guessed was the entire time. At this point I knew I had to talk to her but I also knew I needed to make a good impression. The show went on and the band we had come to see finished their set and the roadies all ran out. Ben and the blonde continued to talk during the time between sets but her friend seemed preoccupied with some guys in front of her. I didnt know how to get my in at this point, I was nervous just thinking about it. Ben eventually introduced me to the blonde, Jenn. She was extremely happy to meet me and asked a lot of little questions about where I was from and what not. During this conversation she pointed to her friend and said that her name was Kate and that we should hang out later. I didnt put much stock in this because we had another party to go to after the show and that they would probably need to take off to where ever they needed to go. The crowd became rowdier as the final band took the stage. Again the music was so loud it distorted through the speakers, deafening as it blared out at us. Ben and Jenn were some how able to still carry on conversation through the wall of noise. I was still positioned behind Kate only inches between us. A few times she glanced back as she caught me looking at her. I couldnt tell if she flattered or creeped out by this, her face gave no indication. The crowd again started moving first a push forward, which I was unable to stop myself for bumping into Kate a bit. She didnt react to me as myself and crowd pushed into her. Then the opposite reaction happened from the push forward from the stage, the sea of people rolled backward and thusly Kate came right back towards me. I set one foot back to brace myself as the wave bounced from the stage outward. Her body came back towards me and I put my hands out to keep her losing balance. As she slipped backward I placed a hand just under her shoulder and one on her side. I was able to keep from moving back more than a few inches this way and she looked back at me with a smile of appreciation. She then tilted her head back to speak, so, I tilted my ear close to her mouth. I cant tell if youre trying to cop a feel or just a really nice guy. All at once I realized my hands were still placed on her torso, my fingers on my left hand lightly grazing against her breast. I quickly pulled them, awkwardly adjusting my stance and sheepishly letting out a faint sorry to her. She smiled back at me and mouthed, its okay back. She probably spoke but I could not hear her through the droning noise. She stayed close to after this last push of the crowd, maybe out of comfort or maybe because she was interested possibly both. This was my in with her and I was not going to let this opportunity slip by. We stood there enjoying the show, looking and smiling every few minutes realizing that it was too loud to attempt to talk, but she was able to speak volumes to me as she stood there. Kate would look over to Jenn and Ben and roll her eyes and shake her head. She was able to get across the fact that Jenn was definitely not going to sleeping with Ben tonight. Kate came across as sweet, flirty and rather funny in just the subtle things she was doing. My four other friends, consisting of two couples, behind me kept poking m, trying to egg me on that I was having a rather successful flirtation with the cute girl in front of me. As it grew closer to midnight I was started wondering if I should attempt to kiss her. I have had a few girlfriends and slept with some of them. I was still nervous about making moves and most of past experiences with women were with friends of friends and slow moving. Needless to say I wasnt always the most confident when it came to situations like this, but I knew I had to make decision soon because the moment was only a few minutes away. I looked to back of Kate and admired her body. She quite a bit shorter than me, probably 54 or so, I always liked shorter girls. Her body was curvy with a nice hourglass shape, reminded me of the 50s pinup girls, minus the long legs, that I had quite a fondness for. I always felt I was born in wrong era, I liked girls who had a bit of a body to them. Her hair was gorgeous a silky auburn brown that had a touch of wave to it and fell just below her shoulders. I gathered that she probably had an easy going fashion sense from the fact she has simply wearing a pair of jeans and a fitted t-shirt, though she was wearing a pair of heals with this out fit. I leaned in slightly over her shoulder, hoping not to gain her attention, and decided to take a quick peek. I could see she had fantastic breasts. They were probably a large C or a nice D but what do I know. Her head turned slightly and her big doe like green eyes looked up at me with a her mouth half smile half agape and said their nice arent they. I looked at her feeling slightly ashamed but her smirk told me that she wasnt pissed. All I could muster up at that moment was yeah and nod my head agreement. She laughed at that and brought her hand up and pushed my head away playfully. I wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of the night with her at that moment. Kate, from this point on, kept looking back at me with a cute smile that seemed permanently affixed to her face. These looks were followed up by passing comments about the band or asking the simple get to know you questions everyone does when they first meet someone. Thats when the band ended their song and announced that it was moments away from midnight. Earlier in the evening they were throwing out big bags of confetti to us and glasses of campaign were handed out quickly to everyone. As the countdown started I felt my bodies nerves tingle. 10. I moved closer to her. 9. I was preparing myself. 8. The butterflies sprung to life in my stomach. 7. I leaned into. 6. I placed my hand at her side. 5. Her body twitched. 4. Her hand placed it self on top of mine. 3. She started to turn towards me. 2. She looked up at me. 1. I looked back at her gleaming. Happy New Year! we all shouted in unison as an explosion of confetti rained down on the crowd and my hand when towards Kates cheek, gently embracing her and our lips met for the first time.