“We had our own lit­tle club”

Casper, 25, is an ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive from Windsor

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I was at my bar job when this ex­tremely at­trac­tive girl came over to or­der a drink. It was loud, so I couldn’t re­ally hear what she was say­ing, which gave me an op­por­tu­nity to have a joke with her. Aniek is Ger­man and I spoke a lit­tle of the lan­guage, so we had some­thing to vibe off, and I man­aged to get her num­ber.

Later that week, we went on a date and got on re­ally well. She came back to mine af­ter­wards and, from there, things got fairly in­tense. At first, we both tried to be ca­sual about it, but it quickly turned into some­thing else – when we saw each other it was usu­ally for sev­eral days at a time. We’re both fiercely prac­ti­cal, but our re­la­tion­ship worked be­cause we brought out the ro­man­tic side in each other. We’d have lots of in-jokes and speak in Ger­man in pub­lic, so peo­ple couldn’t un­der­stand us. It was like hav­ing our own lit­tle club.

We never said we loved each other. We were so con­cerned with keep­ing things re­laxed be­cause Aniek was leav­ing, so we were quite coy about it. I was think­ing it, though. But now, I’ve had to push any feel­ings I may have had un­der the car­pet.

I re­mem­ber walk­ing her to the sta­tion on the morn­ing of her flight. It felt sur­real – we were both try­ing to pre­tend it wasn’t hap­pen­ing. If we’d known she’d have been mov­ing back to Lon­don, maybe things would have been dif­fer­ent.

Over din­ner, we were def­i­nitely flirt­ing. Be­fore­hand, we were both afraid of do­ing any­thing just the two of us, in case feel­ings got dredged up, but the date turned out to be re­ally fun and com­fort­able. Would you like to be re­united with your first love? Email us at first.love@cos­mopoli­tan.co.uk.

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