“It was a proper romance”
Stuart Honychurch, 23, is a graduate from London
When I met Rianne, she sat down beside me at the open day and I clocked her straight away: she was so pretty with these unique hazel eyes. I made an effort to speak to her later, before adding her on Facebook and asking her out.
We met up a few times before starting university together, and the more time I spent with her, the more I felt a strong spark growing. She’s very open, and I liked that she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. We were serious about each other, but it was never intense. When I told her I loved her, it just felt right – I knew I was falling for her and I felt I had to say it. It was a proper romance. Sometimes we’d catch each other’s eye while we were out with friends and we’d just start smiling. I always remember those little moments.
But about a year in, we began drifting apart. I was questioning whether this was the right thing when we were still so young. Then when I went to Vietnam for the summer, it became clear it wasn’t working. I missed her a lot, but I was doing so much with my mates that I couldn’t text her that often. When I got back, we spoke and agreed to call it off. It wasn’t nice at first, but it wasn’t a bad break-up.
The date felt like how it was with us at the start, being together in a romantic situation. It was quite flirty – we had a few jokes looking back on our relationship – and it was nice to see how much we’ve both grown up, especially when I think about what I might have done differently. I still fancy her, but it’s early days.
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