Submitted by Jacob:
Brooke had it all – a former high school cheerleader who had actually written papers on political science that ended up published in academic journals. Brains and everything below were in good order.
Which is why I was amazed that she'd go out on a date with a dumbass like me. I co-own a small computer networking/repair business, and she called me up one day with a network issue. A friend of a friend of hers had used my services a year or two earlier, and my name came up when discussing how to solve the problem.
I went over the her place and fixed it up in less than an hour. She invited me to stay for tea, and somehow or other, I don't know what happened, but the spirit of some major player must have possessed me... I was never as smooth as I was at that moment. I had every witty line, every great comeback, and the most insightful things to say. I kept her laughing and the way that she looked at me started to change subtly over the course of our talk.
I took a leap of faith and asked her out to dinner. She went for it. Hot damn!
The ensuing week, I was nervous as hell. Did she think that I was that suave 24/7? No! I'm a computer geek who has a World of Warcraft account, although (I promise) that I still have a personality. I don't know what came over me. The mojo just flowed. But would it flow twice?
Dinner at a Thai place Saturday night. She showed up looking absolutely stunning, in a red dress and a smile. I felt the urge to cry, to urinate, and to scream all at once, I was so nervous.
Was she in for a repeat of my debonair performance? Hardly. I stuttered, stammered, almost spilled the water, tried as hard as I could to suppress a yawn, failed at suppressing a yawn, noticed her noticing my yawn, sweated, couldn't think of anything to say, and
She asked me if everything was all right. I thought, the suave me would say, "I'm fine. All's good," but the honest me would say, "No."
"No," I said, "I've been nervous all night. I wanted to impress you, but... well..."
She leaned in and kissed me. All of the tension, the fear, the doubt... it washed into my chest and twisted things into each other. I was swimming in warmth. It felt amazing, like a warm, wonderful bath. I... I...
I couldn't help myself... all of that nervous energy that I had let go... I started laughing. So did she.
We're married now.
Submitted by Jacob: