I met Mark at his holiday work party. I was actually invited by his teammate Tom, whom I was meeting for the first time after their game that night. I twitter flirted with Tom a few days before and he asked for my number and then later invited me out to his game and Christmas party.
A few of my girlfriends were dating some of the guys on Tom and Mark’s team. I met up with the girls and headed to the game to watch their men and my potential man.
After the game we went to the bottom level of the arena and met up with the guys. This was going to be the first time I met Tom and I was feeling pretty nervous. I was not only meeting this man for the first time, but I was also meeting him in front of all of his buddies who were aware of the situation.
We met, there weren’t many fireworks involved.He was nice, but pulled out his “mary-jane” as soon as we left the facility and that kinda turned me off right away. I was twenty and he was in his late twenties. Right after meeting him I wasn’t really that into him anymore, and I think Tom felt the same way about me. Tom and I were pretty different from one another and not the type of different where opposites attract, different like peanut butter and ketchup.
We all went back to the guys apartment and waited for the party bus to arrive for the Christmas party, which turned out to be a bar hoping party. After about forty-five minutes the bus arrived and we all headed out.
I got on the bus and to my surprise saw a tall, long haired, light eyed man, Now, he was my type! This man was so handsome and then he opened his mouth and he had an accent. His name was Mark, was originally from Sweden, was 6”6, and single. We chatted all the way to the first bar
When we arrived we all got off the bus. However, I was the only one who was twenty and unable to get into all the bars which meant my butt was getting back on the bus and waiting. Mark saw this and went back on the bus with me so I wouldn’t be alone; we danced, chatted and laughed the entire night.
When we got back to the apartments and were getting off the bus, Mark asked for my number :)
A week later Mark got a call that he was being pulled up to the NHL team which for Mark was wonderful, but for me ,meant I wasn’t going to be able to get to know this man or so I thought.
Mark and I video chatted every single night, he texted me all day during his breaks and called me when he was done with work. It got to the point where I knew when to have my phone at certain times of the day because Mark would be texting me soon.
A little over a month went by and unfortunately for Mark he got pulled back to the AHL which was sorta good news for me as I finally got to see him again.
The night he flew home I drove over to his house and watched a movie with him on his couch. He kissed me. I really liked him. I liked that we were able to be apart for a month and really get to know one another.
The next night I assumed Mark would take me on a date since we hadn’t technically really hadn’t had one yet, but I was wrong. I drove to his place thinking he was taking me to dinner, but once again we watched a movie.
During the movie he started to kiss me and feed me the most ridiculous, laughable lines I have ever gotten from a man. He kept trying to convince me to sleep over with him. Here’s how it went…
“Please just spend the night, I don’t do this with a lot of girls”.
(Do what with a lot of girl?!?)
“You should feel really special right now, please don’t leave just stay with me” (I should feel special? HA!)
“I want to make love to you”.
(I SHOULD FEEL SPECIAL RIGHT NOW!?!)
“Stay with me, you really should feel special I don’t make love with a lot of women”.
(I SHOULD FEEL SPECIAL!?)
Finally after his many attempts to get me to stay I walked out the door got into my car and texted him.
I was too shy to flat out say "I’m a virgin" and felt like a text would be a little easier. I sat in my car and constructed my text.
“Look, I’m a virgin and if you are only trying to have sex with me then I’m not the girl for you as I am waiting for marriage”.
To my relief he wrote back and said, “I am so sorry that’s what you thought. That doesn’t matter to me at all. I am so glad you told me”. We wrote back and forth a little more, he told me to drive safely, he would talk to me tomorrow and to have a good night.
The next day his lunch break rolled around and nothing! He didn’t text me, he usually wrote me every day at lunch and after our texting conversation last night I was a little concerned that I had scared him off. I kept telling myself I’ve known this man for a few months, we video chatted everyday, and his text messages back to me last night were nothing to be worried about. I usually would get insecure about telling guys I’m waiting for marriage because it usually does scare them off which is incredibly ridiculous. Waiting for marriage should be something to be proud about, something a man loves knowing that you will be his one and only, but unfortunately I haven’t met any of those men.
I finally wrote Mark at five that day and asked him what his plans were for dinner tonight, which I already knew and was already invited to. His roommates girlfriend was going to make the four of us dinner.
Mark never responded to me. I never heard from Mark again.
Where oh where is my prince?
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I didn’t hear from Eddie until around 6 o’clock the following night. I had my phone attached to me all day hoping he would text or call me. When Eddie finally texted me he said he was so exhausted from practice and had a paper due at midnight, but that he would probably watch amovie later. I responded and told him I loved watching movies.
My sister and I finished watching a hockey game and then she brought me over to his place.
When we pulled up, there Eddie was standing by the college apartment entrance looking so confident, and handsome in his sweats. I couldn’t help but get a little nervous when I was getting out of the car, there was something about him that did that to me I wasn’t sure why, but I liked it.
Eddie and I headed up to his room, I was so excited to hangout with him again.
We walked in and sat down on his bed and started looking over the paper he was suppose to be writing. This wasn’t the most entertaining thing to do so I decided we should create something on garage band instead. He pulled garage band up and we started to record our voices. We both teased and made fun of each other and made a video promo for a scary movie. I couldn’t stop laughing, it was so easy and so fun with him. He and I had the exact same sense of humor and could make fun out of any situation. We turned our voices into chipmunks and listened back. This date was so simple and to others, may not even be considered a “date, “ but laying in bed and playing on his computer together was just as fun as laying on the football field and looking at the stars with him. All I needed was Eddie with me and it would quickly become my favorite date.
After an hour had past we decided to watch a movie on Netflix. We were laying on his bed and I kept hoping he would kiss me. Finally he started to look at me and leaned in for what I thought was going to be our first kiss. I started to lean in as well and then he turned his head! TURNED HIS HEAD!! I looked at him and said “Are you kidding me?” He started laughing and said “Oh! You wanted to kiss me? Is that what you thought I was leaning in for?” He then started to lean in again and I pulled the same stunt on him and turned my face. Finally after the game of turning ourfaces he kissed me. It was worth the wait. His was the best kiss I had ever had, his lips were so soft, our lips fit perfectly together.
Very late that night he took me back to my sisters. We sat in the car saying our goodbyes, oh how badly I didn’t want to leave him. I was so afraid that I’d never see him again. He got out of the car with me and kept kissing me goodbye and then finally I walked away.
Days, weeks, and months went by and we talked every single night for hours. I would sit in the hallway of my dorm and talk to Eddie until 2am. I was never worried about having to wake up early in the morning for class I was a smitten kitten.
We talked about everything you could imagine. We had so much in common; his brother is in the NFL and we both could relate to how hard it was to meet people that weren’t set on using you because of the connection. I loved that with Eddie that wasn’t even a thought, I knew he was dating me because he wanted to be with me and there was no other reason.
It was hard not being able to see Eddie every day, but I was so crazy about him that distance only made my heart grow fonder.
Two months later I was back in Nashville and ready to be back in Eddies arms.
To be continued….