2: It all started with a question, “Are you a junior?”. Those were his first words to me, and funny enough that was all it took to sprout our friendship.
3: For the next couple months of school we spent our third hour study hall hardly ever doing homework: instead we would talk for the entire hour. In the span of just a month I considered him one of my best friends. It's hard to explain, but even then I knew I wanted him in my life; I just didn't know in what aspect yet.
4: That following summer Lance was in China for the entire month of August. After being able to talk to him almost every day, it was odd to say the least. I threw myself into managing the swim team and tried not to think about him. Every time I saw a message from him that we should talk over IM, I always wrote a quick response on how busy I was with swimming, and that I was sorry we couldn't talk more.
5: Truth be told I was really busy with swimming, but I also admittedly was avoiding talking to him. The more I thought about him, the more I missed him, and for whatever reason I didn't want to admit it to myself.
6: When school started again, we reconnected, and I felt like my life was nicely balanced again, I had my best friend back.
8: A couple of months later my boyfriend and I broke up after having been together for over a year. Lance was very worried about me, always asking me how I was doing, and even organizing events to get me out. I was grateful to have such a good friend to help me through it. My two best female friends at school started pulling me aside and informing me that Lance had a crush on me, and I got angry with them. I mean as soon as I’m single they were trying to set me up with my best guy friend. I shared my frustration, and ignored them; after all he had told me he would never date me on more then one occasion. On my seventeenth birthday I was about to go to bed when a friend told me I had to log onto ichat because Lance had something to tell me. When I logged on and asked him what he had to tell me, he admitted that he had feelings for me. I was in shock, the idea of him ever liking me as more than a friend had honestly never even entered my mind. I didn’t know what to say, so I thanked him for his honesty and told him I needed time to think about it.
9: For the next two days it was all I could think about. I had just gotten out of a long relationship less then a week ago, but I felt no attachment to it; the relationship had ended before the actual break up occurred. I was most nervous about what would happen if things didn't work out with Lance? I valued our friendship far too much to let a fling ruin it. Two days after I learned Lance's true feelings for me, he hung out with two mutual friends and I. After we had dropped them off at home, he drove us to Heart Park so we could talk. I brought up my biggest concern, which was the fact that he had dated a handful of girls, and he had never dated anyone of them for over a month. Although we had agreed that we would remain friends if we dated and ever broke up, I didn't want a short relationship that didn't mean much. Lance looked at me and admitted that without meaning it he had compared every girl he dated to me, and they never came close. After he dated enough girls he realized that even what we had as friends was special, and he just couldn't settle for less in a relationship. He said that he wouldn't be putting our friendship at risk for a fling, he thought it could be much more. It was that night, November 7, 2008, that he asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes.
10: After we had been dating for around six months, I had the pleasure of accompanying Lance and his dad to Florida. At the beginning of the trip we joked that after spending almost every hour of everyday together we would get sick of each other.
11: But instead we found that after each day we still didn’t want to leave each other. Our relationship grew so much deeper, I don’t think either of us quite expected it. It was a fantastic trip, full of laughs, roller coasters, theme parks, swimming, and shooting lots of aliens.
12: it is so much more obvious now than it was at the time; even as friends we've always had something special. | Looking back I don't know how I didn't see us coming,
14: Side by side, year by year...
15: Knowing you will be with me in all my tomorrows, makes my today so wonderful.