This is Eric. My best friend, my soldier, my everything. And this is our story.
Eric was one of the first people I met and hung out with once I moved to Maryland. Through a mutual friend the three of us went out to get sushi for lunch the weekend after Otakon (a local and HUGE anime convention here on the east coast). The three of us ate and had a good time. Since I was so new to the area I was very nervous about meeting anyone, let alone a guy. After we parted ways, I went on home, to have him add me on facebook a week later. Come to find out, he got food posining after eating the Sushi with us, and blamed it all on me. This flirtatious bickering lasted for a few months, before I started to have feelings for him.
He told me he was deploying in March, and that he did not want to get together with someone as he had been cheated on in the past (while he was in Basic training, his girlfriend at the time cheated on him and dumped him before he graduated). I understood his concerns and told him that it was fine and that I would still be here for him as a friend.
It was October and New York Comic Con rolled around, and I was feeling very down that entire weekend. And although he had drill that same weekend, he was messaging me non stop. As a writer, he knows I love stories, and in order to make me feel better, he wrote me a very long story that helped me fall asleep and make myself feel better.
I knew that I loved him when he took me out to dinner and to go see my favorite movie, Silent Hill. The few months that followed I spent every holiday with him, Christmas, New Years, even his birthday. And with each passing day my love for him grew as well as the dreadful day of his deployment grew closer.
He swore up and down that he wasn’t going to ask me out before he went away because he didn’t want to leave anyone behind, in-case something dreadful did happen out in the middle east. He didn’t want to leave that sorrow, pain, and agony on someone. But I kept reassuring him, that I was up for the challenge. That I liked him far more than anyone I’ve ever been with. Although he believed me, he still didn’t want to ask me out.
It wasn’t until two weeks before he was to leave when he told me he loved me. I had just gotten into an argument with my mom, and since things stateside wasn’t going well, I was at my wits ends. I’m trying to join the National Guard like Eric, and with his help it’s becoming possible, but alas, there are still a few more obstacles I must face before I can make my way basic. We were cuddling in his bed, and I was almost asleep on his chest when his looks down at me, plays with my hair and whispers softly, “I love you.” I started crying, hugging him tightly and responded “I love you too.” For the past 6 months, I had fallen head over heels in love with him, and he told me he loved me first. And right after he said that, he asked me out. Of course I said YES.
I’m not like most military girlfriends, I wasn’t there through Basic training. I wasn’t there through most of the downtime. But I’m there through his first deployment. As I type this, he called me, and I instantly had a grin on my face. Eric is talking to his best friend, and I’m sitting here with the biggest grin my face. I love him, and cannot wait till he comes home and we can start our lives together.