I was that guy you overlooked in school. After all, I was the youngest in every class by three or four years. I was starting my graduate degree when you were going to prom. I learned to enjoy being on my own, though. It hurt when I heard the taunts. Geek. Nerd. Weirdo. Still, I stayed focused, knowning that when I got through with school, I'd be doing work I loved and hopefully, I'd be able to make a difference in the world.
As a teaching assistant, I was prepared to jump in when the coding professor went on medical leave. What I wasn't prepared for was the gorgeous cheerleader who stayed after class to ask questions, and good questions at that. In the years since that day, Sinclair has become my closest friend, my biggest supporter, and the woman who makes me wish someone like me could ever have a shot with someone like her.
After two years in New York, I'm thrilled to be back home in Dallas. My family is here, my new job is here, and best of all, Dex is here. My best friend may have a little more style, and a little more muscle, but he's still the same brilliant, funny, amazing guy I've always crushed on. I even think about telling him how I feel, until he makes it clear his interests are elsewhere on the same night he introduces me to his friend, the most eligible bachelor in Dallas.
During some of the darkest days my family has ever known, Dex is there for me, and we share a moment that makes me rethink all the decisions I've made, and question whether the path I'm on is the right one, or if I've made a horrible mistake.