Friday, January 14, 2011

John Matthew Is My Hero

A couple days ago Tracy posted the list of the heroes the newbies chose. Just so you don’t have to go back and check, here are the ones I picked:

Marc “Hunt” Hunter from Unlawful Contact- Pamela Clare
Hardy Cates from Blue-Eyed Devil- Lisa Kleypas
Kev Merripen from Seduce Me at Sunrise- Lisa Kleypas
David Masters from Wed Him Before You Bed Him- Sabrina Jeffries
Spike from A Man in a Million- Jessica Bird
Nick Romeo from Romeo Romeo- Robin Kaye
Julian Sinclair from The Duke of Shadows- Meredith Duran
Devin Freedman from What the Librarian Did- Karina Bliss

Let me say this was not an easy task. Take all of the heroes of all the books you’ve ever read and narrow your favorites down to eight? Is that even possible?! Apparently it is because all of us managed to do it.

Complicating matters was the fact that we could not pick a hero that was already on the Island. And there are a lot of darn good heroes on the Island. In particular, my problem was John Matthew from the BDB. You see, if I could have only taken one hero to the Island with me it would have been him. He’s my hero.

(Sorry LesleyW if I’m putting you on the spot since he is in your hut!)

I don’t mean my in a possessive way, but I can be a little… er… obsessive, and now that I’ve started the story I might as well come out with it.

I am so in love with John Matthew that I took an ASL course last spring. (Phew! That’s a load off my chest).

Of course, when people asked me why I was taking the course I always said it was because I couldn’t stand to take one more year of Spanish, but really that’s just because “I’m in this course because I’m in love with a mute ass-kicking fictional vampire from a romance novel” was an awkward conversation starter.

But besides finding out I’m actually pretty decent at ASL, some pretty good stuff came out of that class. Like I met a guy… a really great guy… let’s just call him John ;)

Somehow early on John and I had managed to get stuck in the friend zone. We were in what seemed like an endless cycle of fruitless flirting, tutoring sessions where no studying got done, a dinner that couldn’t be called a date and still neither of us could seem to work up the courage to make a move. I was starting to go a little crazy.

After our final exam he invites me over to his apartment. Finally, I think, one of us is making a move. Yes!

Um, no.

What do we do? We watch TV. Well, he watches TV, and I get bored and play with his cat. Two hours later, frustrated beyond belief, he drops me off at my house.

I may not have made a move before then, but I am not one to take things lying down! I marched over to his side of the car and stood there until he opened the window.

“John, this is finals week and this could be the last time I ever see you, so are you ever going to kiss me or not?”

A bit dramatic maybe. I was probably a sight, all 5’4” standing on a street corner, hands on my hips demanding to be kissed.

Pause. I’m sure my face is red now. Maybe I should have done this where there was an escape route?

Finally he gives me a sheepish look. “I didn’t want to take things too fast.”

Heart melting… though at that pace we probably would have gotten together in 2012 just in time for the world to end.

And then we kissed.

It was one of those kisses that throws you for a loop. The kind that reminds you of when you were sixteen and every first kiss was new and amazing. It sinks to your toes and you float home on cloud nine. The kind of kiss that reminds you of how amazing just kissing and being around someone can be.

In the end I was right- that was the last time I ever saw him. But that was a great note for us to end on.

Now, if it hadn’t been for John Matthew, I wouldn’t have taken that class. And if I hadn’t taken that class I wouldn’t have meet John. And if I hadn’t meet John, I wouldn’t have had that kiss.

Thank you, John Matthew. You are my hero.


Kati said...

Awww, DL, I love that story. I once dated a guy who I referred to as "Jim the Inert". He was kind of a cute geek, worked for one of the SOOPER SEKRIT agencies here in DC, and he just, wasn't smooth at all, whatsoever, even in the slightest.

One night, after seeing him regularly for FIVE months, I went to his house to watch a movie. We sat in the dark for almost four house and he NEVER. MADE. A. MOVE.

It was then that I dubbed him "Jim the Inert" and we stopped seeing each other shortly afterwards. Sorry, but I gave every green light short of climbing on his lap and nothing.

Inertia, it's not sexy. :o)

Kati said...

hours not house. Sheesh. Type much, Kati?

The Romance Girl said...

Kati- hhmmm maybe after working at a sooper sekrit agency he was just used to taking orders and waiting in the dark without making a move ;)

sometimes i just wonder how guys can be so obviously interested but thick skulled when it comes to making the first move!

Tracy said...

Awww D.L., what a great story! Good for you for making the move.

“I’m in this course because I’m in love with a mute ass-kicking fictional vampire from a romance novel” was an awkward conversation starter.
Totally cracked up when I read this. I guess they just wouldn't understand. lol I'm glad good things came out of the class though.

Great post.

Unknown said...

What a great story! Nothing ever beats a first kiss. I still remember my very first kiss, even though it was *sigh* about 30 years ago. Very sweet. Nothing ever came from it, thank goodness, but it was great for a first kiss. And John Matthew is my hero, too...

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

What a KISS!!!


Thank the Scribe Virgin for BDB heroes! :D

The Romance Girl said...

Tracy- Thanks! I probably would have gotten a few funny looks if I had used that line, though it might have been fun :)

Susie- Maybe nothing is suppose to come from first kisses (or their replicas). Maybe it ruins their purity?

Missie- Your right, I should thank the Scribe Virgin too!

LesleyW said...

Awwwwwwww. Love the story.

I did snaffle him (John of the BDB) very early on.

The Romance Girl said...

I did snag Lover Mine, so I do have him in a way :)

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Lovely post! How cool that reading a series of books made you take the ASL class! :)

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I'm a little late to the party but let me add in my own, "Awwwwww!"

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