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True Love Unexpected
Dedicated to JMB - the love of my life
Submitted by CyanJade
I met Matthew in the summer of 1999. It was not until the next year, after he had married my sister in law, that we began to become close. We had so much in common - same interests, taste in food, even our dispositions were the same. I had always admired and looked up to Matthew, and I was very comfortable when I was with him. I could talk to him about anything and it was not long before I began to confide in him about what was going on in my marriage - the difficulties and abuse from my husband, my concerns about my young daughter. In fact, only 7 days after he married, I had left my husband for the first time.
Over the next few years, our friendship deepened. We were always there for each other when we were able. I was there for him when his wife scratched him up in a fit of temper; he was there for me when my husband told me not to come back home after a fight.
It was about a year ago that I began to realize that my feelings for Matthew had gone beyond the boundaries of friendship. It started even earlier than that, although I did not realize it at the time. My parents took myself, my siblings and our spouses to Hawaii at the end of 2000. I remember standing on Black Sand beach, looking at all the beauty around me, and I knew that Matthew would have just loved being there - and I wished for a moment that he were beside me.
I began to battle my feelings for Matthew - I reasoned with myself that they were not right, that he was part of the family! But I could not overcome or destroy them. As the months went by, I began to see that the only way I could put the matter to rest was to talk to Matthew directly. I was terrified. He was my best friend and I did not want to lose him. I had already made up my mind a few months earlier that I was leaving my husband for good - it had nothing to do with Matthew, I had just had enough. Matthew already knew I was planning to leave, and he had even jokingly told me to take him with me, as he was married to my husbands carbon copy.
Finally the day came. I met him for lunch. I was distraught. I did not know what to say, or how to say it. I was physically ill from the stress of it all. He sat in my car with me as I began to tell him how I was in a situation that I did not know how to deal with, how my emotions were just raging. He just sat quietly and listened to me...I'm sure he did not know how he should respond to my distress. I remember him looking at the clock and saying how he had to get back to work - and I remember just reaching out my hand and putting it on his shoulder, I just did not know what to say. He looked at me and, before I knew what was happening, he pulled me into his arms and he was kissing me. I was in shock; I could not believe this was happening! Then he shocked me again when he looked into my eyes and said "I love you"!
Life has been pretty crazy since that day. We both found out that we had loved each other for the last two years - he asked me if I had any idea how many times he had wanted to kiss me, to tell me that he loved me, but he was afraid of how I would react!
I finally finished all of my preparations and I moved last month to Virginia to live with my sister. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I finally found the love of my life, and I had to leave him behind. He knew that he was not going to stay in his marriage either, independent of me, but there are some responsibilities he has to attend to before he can leave. We keep in touch as much as possible. And I wait, on the ride of my life, for my beloved, my Matthew, my True Love unexpected. Let's see where the story ends!!!