By Kimberly, age 18, California
When this summer started, I just figured I would be starting my new job and hanging out with old friends. I never thought I would meet a guy who makes me completely and totally happy in such a short amount of time. The last thing on my mind was meeting a guy or trying to get into a relationship because I have been hurt many times in the past with other guys, so I was taking a time out from talking to guys.
Starting a new job was very exciting, with all the new co-workers and getting used to doing new things I have never done before. My co-workers are very cool people for the most part and they make my job fun. I have one co-worker I am especially close to, and one day she and I were talking about parties and how we like to go out. While we were talking, one of the other co-workers named Derrick was hearing our conversation, and his first words to me were, "You party? You look like you sit at home reading a book and drinking tea." The first thought I had when he said that was laughter because that is so the opposite of me. That moment he started talking to me completely changed everything.
The same night he started talking to me we were in the break room alone, and we started talking a lot more and getting to know each other, because before that we had never spoken to each other. He was asking me questions and trying to get to know me, and he asked me if I wanted his instant messenger. Once I got it we started talking to each other that same night.
From that point on we've been talking every day. Then one day he told me that he had feelings for me. When he said that I really couldn't believe it because I had feelings for him too, and I really didn't think he felt the same way. Once he told me this, I felt like the happiest girl on earth and I had butterflies in my stomach. It was a feeling I had not had in a very long time. He told me he didn't want me with any other guys anymore, and that he only wanted me to be with him, which I thought was very cute and amazing.
We decided to hang out and go to the movies and "see what happens". I can honestly say the moment I saw him my knees got all weak and my heart felt as if it was going to burst out of my chest. That was truly a feeling I had never felt before, and when he hugged me it was like sparks flew. This first time hanging outside of work he was the perfect gentlemen, opening doors for me and paying - it was amazing. He is somebody I can easily talk to, and even though we do have our issues, I wouldn't trade meeting him for anything in the world.
Now, working with him is an amazing feeling. Every time I see him my heart skips beats and I get really nervous. It's hard to concentrate when I am around him, but I do my job and stay focused. When he smiles at me, no matter what I may be feeling at that moment, it completely goes away and I feel nothing but love. In a short amount of time he is somebody I can say I love because of what he does for me and the feelings I have.
Sometimes you find love when you least expect it. Derrick ... you're amazing, babe, and thoroughly unexpected ... I <3 you.