Very Unexpected

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.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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