This is the story of a girl. Maybe it's a story you're familiar with.
The girl in this story (we'll call her Stella) is involved with Marshall. Maybe they're together, or maybe they're just kind of seeing each other. Either way, he's the main man in her life, other than her father. He has known her for a very long time, and been extremely supportive in many ways since her marriage finally collapsed. She thinks he's a great guy, and loves their time together.
Of course, all relationships have their problems, or so the story goes. Stella and Marshall fight and argue, but it's usually over petty shit...things he's convinced her to do that backfired, or trusts she put in him that he betrayed ever so slightly. However, Stella hates the drama, but since her life has been riddled with it, this relationship actually wasn't bad at all by comparison...it's almost as if part of her needs the ups and downs that the drama provides in order to help her feel balanced.
Just for the fun of it, she joined the dating section of a fun website on the internet. It's quite simple, really...nothing too serious or dramatic. You see a guy you're interested in, you click 'Meet Me' to add them to your list, and move on. She never actually expected to meet any of those guys, because she was just doing it for fun...until somebody messaged her.
It wasn't really that big of a deal. Some guy named Ted messaged her, she read it, and kind of brushed it off as intriguing at best. Eventually however, the intrigue won her over, and she just had to talk to this cute guy who talked about Care Bears. It really was no big deal, just some guy she's never going to meet, but who may be fun to chat with. Eventually, she slips up and gives him her screen name for Yahoo Messenger. Now the conversations would become a bit more real, and there was no turning back.
After chatting on Messenger for a bit with Ted, they eventually exchanged phone numbers, which she was okay with because it was only for casual text messaging...no harm in that. They sent texts for awhile, until eventually she decided to go see him at his job. After all, he's a DJ. He'll probably make a good guy to hang out with if anything, and if not then at least she and her friends will have fun. After all, it's a bar with pool, bowling, and music!
Unfortunately, Stella never realized that she would actually like Ted. She never thought that she would enjoy his company, and even though she was hesitant at first (she felt awkward when they hugged) she felt like he was somebody she could talk to. Obviously, this posed a problem for her as she was already committed in one way or another, so she just decided not to contact him again. This was the easiest way to avoid a conflict. However, he sent her a text to make sure she was all right, and they started chatting again.
After days of chatting, during which they talked about each other and their lives, and even said a few kinky things that heated each other up, they decided to have a date. Stella had a really busy day that Friday, but she thought it would be worth it to squeeze him into her schedule. She never actually figured it to be anything special, but that date turned out to be quite successful. Their eyes never broke contact, they focused more on each other than their food, and she felt very comfortable with him. Something felt right, even though she knew it was wrong. She waited for him to pay, let him walk her to her car, and stood outside in the cold just to talk to him for a few moments longer. It was the perfect ending to the perfect dinner date. Only thing missing was the kiss, but Ted respected Stella, and knew the time wasn't right yet. There was something on her mind, and even though he didn't know what it was, he knew she wasn't ready.
After that date, she didn't talk to him for a few days. Perhaps she was quite busy, or perhaps she just felt that things were too close, and she liked him too much. Whatever the reason, they didn't talk until the following week, when they resumed their conversations through text messaging. Then, one day when she was sick, Ted did something no other guy had done. He took her a meal for lunch that he had cooked himself from scratch, and it was delicious. This time when they hugged, it was not awkward at all, and she felt more comfortable. She saw the Care Bear he bought her, and he gave her a couple bracelets he had made for her. Her friends and co-workers were moved.
They had a conversation the following day on Messenger, and they discussed different things. After being sidetracked on some chit chat that resulted in some freaky thoughts going through both of their minds, they started getting more serious, and he broke down in detail what he thought she was worth to him, and what he would do for her. He explained that he would never lie to her, cheat on her, or steal anything from her save maybe her heart... but that if he did steal her heart, he would lock it in a double-plated stainless steel box that can only be opened with two separate keys so that it can never be hurt and never be broken. He told her things like how he would take it upon himself to ease her burden whenever she cried, stand up for her and protect her from pain no matter how much the challenge would be, and always bring her medicine and soup whenever she was sick. Stella thought Ted was too good to be true.