No sooner met, but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved . . .
Shakespeare, As You Like It, V, ii, 37
And love comes in at the eye . . .
William Butler Yeats, The Green Helmet and Other Poems . A Drinking Song
Eye to eye. Step two into intimacy. The first look of heroine and hero into one another’s eyes–That initial glance may not always be love at first sight, it may not even be consciously acknowledged, but it remains a moment of emotional impact for the characters.
With some of our darker, troubled heroes, this can be a daunting moment for the heroine. Suddenly, this man’s no longer wholly a threat, a stranger or even simply an acquaintance, but someone she will grow to trust with her heart and life, and everything that she is. She sees something in him that lets her make that next step closer in the relationship possible.
Writing Prompt: Write a scene from the heroine’s viewpoint, where she sees the hero’s eyes for the first time. Go beyond simple physical description. Think of her feelings as she looks into her man’s eyes and sees something new, something more.
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