She had been lost. Joanna remembered that much. You're always afraid when you're lost, even if you don't go into hysterics about it.
She was about nine and lost in the downtown area with nothing but her favorite book to keep her company. She wasn't a dumb child, so she knew what to do. She slipped into the nearest shop and tried to tell an adult.
Nobody listens to children anymore.
She isn't a golden hair, blue eyed angel either. She's rather dull looking with dark curls and simple brown eyes. She's calm because her father always said being rational about problems was best. She doesn't cry or sniffle, it's not that bad yet, so none of the adults look at her. They all sip their coffee and look out the window, ignoring her. So she hops into line, arms wrapped around her book and waits to go up to the counter. It's getting darker outside, and people keep cutting in front of her because she's a child.
Thing start to look bad. Despite her better judgement she slips out of line and sits in a chair too big for her, clutching her fairy tale book to her chest and trying not to cry.
That's when he showed up with a cup of hot chocolate and a smile.
Her mother found her thirty minutes later, crying and yelling out of worry. Joanna didn't say anything in return, but when she looked for the man with the hot chocolate, he was gone.
So now, ten years later, the same little shop in the same little town. De Ja Vu and Nostalgia hit each other with something akin to a sonic boom as he just barely glanced at her. The scone she was eating fell out of her hands and her friend asked her if she was ok. She couldn't reply. Joanna suddenly remembered the man with the smile.
She stood to go talk to him and promptly knocked over the little coffee table she was at. Her friends all jumped, yelling at her to be careful. She didn't pay attention to them, moving through the thick crowds, trying desperately to get to the man's table.
"You." She said, practically slamming her hands on his table, her dark eyes staring back pointedly, "How can it be you?"