Rachel and Eric

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How We Met

I first met Eric in the 9th grade. From the moment I laid eyes on him, I was attracted. Young, school-girl crush. However, I had a boyfriend and was content. As time went on we got to know each other better because my best friend was dating his best friend, however, we kept our distance from one another. After high school, Eric joined the Air Force and I went to school in South Florida. After I graduated college, I moved to New York. After 10 years of living away from my hometown, I made a hard decision to move back. I missed my family and wanted to start a life in a small town. After a few months of being home, my best friend and I decided to go out and have some fun.

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We ran into her ex boyfriend and after a few minutes, and a drink later, I remembered Eric and asked his friend where he was! He told me he had no idea and we went about our night. About 30 minutes later I got a tap on the shoulder, and there stood Eric looking more handsome then ever. It turns out he was home about to go to sleep when he got a text. He said normally he ignores his texts when he is in bed, but on this particular night he decided to look at it. It was his friend asking him what he was doing. Eric then proceeded to ignore the text and close his eyes again. A few minutes later, he got a second text from Brian saying he needed to come up where he was because “Rachel Lucas is up here asking about you”. He got dressed and immediately came up. We have been together ever since!!!

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How He Asked

One year after we started dating we went with his parents to their time share in the Keys. On the second night we decided to go down to Key West for a fun night on Duval Street. We got a really cute room at The Duval House. We then walked down the street stopping to have drinks along the way. It was almost sunset and we were going to go watch it at Mallory Square. Right before, Eric told me he needed to go drop stuff in the room and grab his moms cell phone. I was irritated because I knew it was a long walk and we were probably going to miss the sunset! We walked as fast as we could. When we got to the room we went into our room.

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I wanted to change and he told me to meet him at his parents room in the back near the courtyard.

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After a few minutes I assumed he would just meet me back up front but he never came. As I walked to the back, I found him pacing back and forth. He saw me and asked me to come to him for a minute. I knew what was about to happen. In the middle of the beautiful courtyard, as the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and asked. It was perfect!

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