The initial rush of love feels fantastic! Your body temperature rises, you feel calmer, happier, more self-assured. The mystery of love is evocative. In this brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore what might happen when a girl (Trishna, seated) and a boy (John) meet in person after years of long-distance communication. I have yet to explore the intricacies of their friendship, so consider this scratching the surface, rather than digging in. It’s all developing.
Before They Meet
Trishna reached out to John after he wrote in a bulletin board discussion about videogame accessibility. They found a mutual connection during middle school being outsiders, became nearly inseparable friends, and chatted nearly daily for years until The Scene. That’s the working title of events that kick John out of his foster home over three hours away. John calls Trishna’s home, the family pick him up, and he takes up residence on the Lanchester Farm.
After They Meet
They quickly become even closer as friends. Trishna’s parents, “Dwight” or Divit and Brigit, sat in with some of their conversations, so any concern they have that John might be a bad influence fades after he proves to be just as polite and respectful in person. Maybe about one month into John’s arrival, and also Trishna’s summer vacation between high school and college, her parents suggest that they go out on a nice date out.
Their Cleaning Up
Trishna might decide to cut her long hair to be less cumbersome and more stylish. Her parents take them out separately, mainly Divit with John and Brigit with Trishna, to buy some nice clothes and impart advice about dating, relationships, and love. Trishna isn’t normally a dress-wearing girl, though she’ll get a nice dress, and maybe some makeup for the occasion. Trishna’s siblings offer advice since neither one has gone out on a date before.
Nice Dinner Out
They probably won’t go to an expensive restaurant. Probably a nice enough place that’s wheelchair accessible, with nice decor, and close to their main date location.
A Shared Interest
Botany is one of Trishna’s biggest hobbies, and through their chats, John also develops an interest. He finds out about a garden hosting some date night evenings to explore the gardens in a romantic setting. Trishna’s parents recommend keeping this a surprise for her and they help coordinate the logistics. They really enjoy themselves. They most likely find a secluded spot, where they could have their first kiss? Maybe they’ll fumble? They probably won’t fight.
The Wider Reach
June is Pride Month. I, the builder of this narrative, am a heterosexual male and I support equality. One of my main guiding principles is complete autonomy, except when it can cause harm. For solidarity, I’d like to state this directly: John is either heterosexual or asexual and Trishna is either bisexual or pansexual. I don’t know their distinct granularities yet, though I will do my best to portray them, and others, with proper respect.