She was the girl next door… okay more like 5 houses away. He was the boy who rode his bike down the block. He caught her eye. She had a crush. Sadly, the young feelings of love the eleven year old felt were not returned. One of his friends told Leslie that Jesse did not like her. (Till this day Jesse denies he said it.) Leslie got over him. Even when mutual friends told her that he liked her, she was done. The 12 year old boy was crushed.
Time would go on. They would grow up, become friends and Jesse was still in love. Leslie now did not want to ruin the friendship. She even told him, “Hey! All I want to be is just friends.” Even though he had been friend zoned, Jesse never gave up. He would message her and invite Leslie to dinner and to the movies. They were always there for each other and he knew that one day she would love him back. Deep down, Leslie felt the same way.
She was 20 and he was 21 when a day of just hanging out, turned into a date and an accidental first kiss. Jesse went to kiss her on the cheek, just as she turned her head. They would never kiss anyone else again.
Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2016. Still living 5 houses away, Leslie walked into hers to see their two nieces and nephews holding a sign that spelled out, “Will you Marry Me?” Leslie turned to see the boy she had a crush on, now the man she had fallen in love with on his knee with a ring! The girl Jess had always loved said, “Yes!”
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