For my whole life, I never had a girlfriend.
People could laugh at me all they want, but I refused to give up on my ideals when it came to love.

I had always pictured a first encounter where I knew right away she was my destined one.

After several chance run-ins, we would exchange numbers. Then we would hang out together on the weekends.
Only once we've grown close enough would it be time for a real date.

I wouldn't have accepted any love that didn't develop like a storybook romance.

Picking up girls at a club or going on blind dates was out of the question for me.

And so was arranged dates. How could it be romantic when someone else set you up?

I had stood unwavering in my beliefs for my entire life.

Until, that is, when the words of a certain girl turned my view on love inside-out.

My little sister, to whom I was too close to even consider / An older girl I met by chance / An acquaintance from college /
A young girl who enthusiastically expressed her love / A girl my age who took an inexplicable liking to me

Whoever I picked, what was most important was how we developed our relationship from there.

That summer, I gathered my courage and finally stepped forth into uncharted land.