As I drove home from work for lunch he texted to say he had something to confess.
We’d had our first date the night before at a swanky downtown restaurant. He was tallish, lean, bald. A very snazzy dresser. A good looking man whose arm ink peeked out from beneath the cuffs of his tailored blazer.
I sipped on champagne and he on sweet whiskey and as we shared our small plates we chatted about our dead pets, nudity vs. nakedness, and failed marriages. I ranted about never allowing a man into my life that wasn’t loved and accepted by my child. He ranted about not sending him emails at work unless the certified letter didn’t return first.
It was a really nice date topped off by a polite kiss or two and a twinkle in my eye.
What could he possibly have to confess??
“I have followed your blog since we first met at AFF.”
My stomach dropped and my eyes widened. I was at a stop light and felt suddenly jittery.
We’d “met” on AFF well over a year ago and only recently reconnected via OKCupid where he’d pointed out the older connection. “Small orbits,” he’d called them.
“Wait, what??” I texted back. “What blog?”
He texted the URL.
Immediately I thought back over everything I’d said the night before, how I’d carried myself, how I had appeared. Had I measured up? Did I sound genuine? I talked about my missing cat and my exhusband, mentioned dating my neighbor — all things that are in this blog.
Well, at least he knows I wrote the truth, I thought.
My first impulse was to post the screenshots and share, but I pulled up short and asked him for his permission. (I cannot ethically post about anyone here without their permission if they know it exists. If they don’t know, it’s none of their business; I have to protect myself first.)
“Blue pill or red pill, Mr. Orbit?” I asked him.
He said he trusted me and then we sent each other photos of our animals because I guess that’s what you do when you’ve been outted as your alter-ego and the world hasn’t caved in on you and the handsome man on the other end of the secret seems to like you anyway.
And so here we are: Uncharted territory with a Hy/Me hybrid blend and a man I’m going to call Rex.