We were kids - seniors at a high school house party when we met. Our mutual friend thought it was a good idea to introduce us to each other. He walked over - it was kind of story book worthy - we immediately had a connection. That next night, we talked for hours on the phone - we were instant friends. However, the timing for more was not quite right. But little did we know, the night we met sparked a flame that would last for years to come.
Ashton moved away to Atlanta that summer, and I was gearing up for my first semester at Xavier University. Although we were hundreds of miles apart, distance didn’t seem to ruin our friendship or connection. Call it fate or random chance, we would always seem to run into each other in the most random places throughout the years - even one time on a Bahamian island! Every time - there we were to each other. No matter the location, the world seemed to always bring us together.
Fast forward a few years, Ashton moved back home while I was finishing up my last year in college. Unbeknownst to us, fate would draw us together again, much in the manner that we met. At a random party, while I was strolling with my sorority sisters, Ashton spotted me in the crowd and made sure to get my attention. According to him, I stood out like a warm familiar light in a dark crowd. And for me - my face lit up when I realized who it was standing in front of me. We spoke briefly at the party, and made plans to catch up that upcoming week. It took not much more than that one date to realize that that flame was permanent. This time, we don’t let go.