The Zap Moment

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March 9, 2006

You walk into the party and you're not happy to be there. You scan the crowd, already looking for the exits, when you see her and your eyes lock with an almost audible click!. This isn't the boingg! you feel when you see a knock-out or the a-oo-gah! that tells you she wants to have sex with you. This is a click, deep and visceral, that you feel in your balls. A moment later she lifts her chin and looks away, but now the hunt is on. You have to talk to her and find out what she did to you. You've just experiences a Zap moment.

I had to write a scene lately with a big, fat Zap moment in it, and so I sat down and tried to figure out what it is. At first I thought it was easy-it's someone who find you interesting. but then I realized that's not it. Sexual interest is more often the sidelong glance, the checking up-and-down.

I think what it is-the essence of the Zap moment-is a sudden glimpse into someone's real personality, a moment of open, honest, and totally unself-conscious communication that cuts through all the screens and filters where you see who she is and she sees you. As such, it doesn't even have to be sexual. It can happen during an auction, say, or in a museum with nothing sexual about it.

The essence of love is being seen and accepted for who we are. That's something we usually do our damnedest to avoid. We play roles, act parts, hide behind our identities. Sometimes when we least expect it though, we're found out. We're seen and recognized, and we see that same honesty staring back at us and letting us see them too. And that's it. That's the essence of the Zap moment.

Posted by rabbit at March 9, 2006 4:44 AM

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