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The first thing Victoria noticed about Jessie was his broad shoulders and nice arms. She knew that he would be a phenomenal hugger. An entire year would go by, before she would get to feel that hug. It was at the Queen Mary for Halloween. Victoria and Jessie ran through the mazes. Whether they were scary or not, Victoria made sure she was held tight. Phone calls and Myspace conversations finally led to a New Years Party. They talked, they danced and Victoria knew that something was about to happen. She stood next to him and waited as the countdown began. “This is it. Something’s gonna happen. 3! 2! 1! Happy New Year!”….and nothing. That’s right NOTHING! Suddenly, one of their friends came up to them and asked Jessie, “Did you do it?” Jessie turned to Victoria and mumbled, “Oh, yeah,” and kissed her…on the cheek. Yup…sigh.. on the cheek. Not wanting to wait another year, Victoria just looked at him and said “Really?” and grabbed him and kissed him. Jessie then asked Victoria to be his girlfriend on January 1st, 2009.
Jessie might have had to have been kissed, but he knew he wanted Victoria to be his for the rest of his life. So he planned his proposal. Unfortunately, Victoria figured out what was going to happen when she saw Jessie hug her mom on the way out to a special party. She even practiced in the bathroom of the restaurant how she would react to seeing the ring and hearing the words. Dinner ended and no question. It was on the Gondola ride where Jessie proposed and she was not expecting it. Suddenly, emotion took over and all the practiced facial expressions were forgotten. Tears of happiness overcame them both. The arms she admired the first time she saw him, would hug her forever.
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This is one of those love stories where he was looking at her, but she was looking at his roommate and the roommate was looking at her too, but neither of them knew it.
Monique had met Manny’s roommates and with her friends, she hung out with them. One of them had a crush on her, but she wasn’t interested. One day, on her 19th birthday, on an outing for ice cream, those roommates introduced her to Manny. Manny’s first words to Monique would be a mumbled, “Happy Birthday.” Manny even bought Monique an ice-cream, in the attempt of helping his crushing roommate but the roommate admitted that Manny had bought the ice-cream. Manny had told his roommate, “Even if a girl says, ‘No,’, still get her something, especially if it’s her birthday and you’re trying to date her!” Manny just stood behind his friends the rest of the time and didn’t say a word. “Bye,” at the end was the most Monique would hear from him…
From time to time, Monique would see Manny come and go. He would literally just come and 5 minutes later leave. Manny was usually off to see his girlfriend or his parents. Meanwhile Manny’s roommate continued his countless and unsuccessful tries to sweep Monique of her feet. Monique started to look forward to seeing Manny and hearing his clever jokes. His, “yo what ups,” had turned into “Mooooooooe! Hey!,” as he petted her on the head.
They were still friends. Monique even met Manny’s girlfriend. It turned out Manny had a lot in common with Monique. It would be a silly game where Manny and Monique would keep getting the same answers and saying them at the same time. This would lead to their first real conversation, some dates and eventually a kiss.
Nothing was official and they ended up moving away from each other because of school, but every time they saw each other, Monique realized that he was the only person she could talk to about anything, act like herself, and feel confident. He was the guy that made her laugh, get her corny jokes, and could tolerate her often dramatic/emotional self!
After 2 years of knowing each other and unofficial dating, Manny unexpectedly left a present at her door. It was a box filled with things about the corny jokes. Everything after that made Monique love Manny more.
He would take her around LA to see new things, experience new places… they loved each other so much that they made a baby unexpectedly 6 months later. As always, the best part of any love story is the unexpected. Monique still jokes that he should have never bought her that ice cream and Manny knows, it’s the best thing he ever did.
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They had both noticed each other in passing in the first days of college. Just a glance. Nothing more. It was in a computer lab where they both actually looked and Victor had the courage to speak to Carlos. “Are you Gay?,” he asked. Carlos looked up at the man he had been admiring and lied, “No.” Victor rapidly walked away and Carlos immediately regretted his answer. He stood up and walked.. ran after him. He caught up and started explaining. They both had their fears. Neither of them were out. Their room mates, friends and family had no idea the secret they kept, and so began a romance, a love that was worth fighting for and that never should be hidden.
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