Popping the Question

Another night went by, and I was still in the dark about where I stood in Smiles‘ eyes. He had to be somewhat interested, otherwise why would he be sticking around. However, the question remained, was he interested enough for me?

Out of nowhere, Smiles asked me to come with him to see a Christmas play in New Jersey. One of the men he worked with on his movie wrote a spoof on the Nutcracker and thought to ask me to come with him.

I was so frustrated! I was getting mixed signals in every direction. He didn’t invite me to casual Christmas parties, but he invited me to be his guest for a stage-play. I graciously accepted the invitation, but informed him I had a doctor’s appointment I would have to change if we wanted to get a ride from his friends instead of taking the train.

I managed to change my appointment, so I planned to just make my way to his apartment when I finished. I called him as I walked out of my office, but he told me he was still working. I had nowhere to kill time after the doctor really, but I didn’t exactly feel welcome to go down to Smiles’ apartment and hang out while he finished what he needed to do. I figured I would walk around Union Square and try to find something to kill time.

My appointment ended later than expected, and when I called Smiles after, he told me he was wrapping up work, and I could come by. I asked him if he wanted anything from Starbucks and walked towards his apartment.

We didn’t have a lot of time before we were supposed to be picked up, but just enough time to chat a bit and move a few more of his boxes to his storage unit.

When we got picked up, the driver/writer asked me what my connection was. “I know [Smiles],” I responded. I was purposely ambiguous because I myself would like to know the answer to that question. When he asked for clarification, Smiles spoke up and said, “We’re dating.” I was happy to hear him say it publicly for once, but I still didn’t quite know what that meant. At least it was verbalized. He then elaborated as to how long we’ve been dating. He pinpointed it to around the time of the NYC screening of his film. In my mind, I did the math. That was about a month after I met Smiles. Apparently I was one month ahead of him as far as our timelines were concerned. I’d already journeyed out to The Hamptons to see his film once before that night.

The rest of the ride was casual. Smiles even playfully reached his hand down and tickled my crotch. “That’s going to make for an interesting car ride,” I said to him. Smiles sat between myself and one of his friends I’d met twice before. Some in the car were joking about Jersey, and it was interesting to see Smiles defending it now that I’ve given him a more positive opinion about it. I kinda got to know his friend a little better, and I thought he was a good guy. I liked knowing that I could get along well with one of Smiles’ best friends.

When we arrived in the town, we all went out to dinner. It was pleasant, and I met a few new people. Over the course of the meal, somehow it came up that Smiles used to be a dancer. He’d taken classes throughout childhood. This was news to me. Even his good friend didn’t know about it. When I went to make a comment, Smiles jokingly shushed me out of embarrassment. He told me I wasn’t allowed to bring it up again.

We got to the theater and took our seats. Our group was all over the auditorium. Smiles and I were nowhere near anyone else. Before the show started, we cracked a few jokes and made some sexual innuendos about the Nutcracker on the stage curtain. I liked the playfulness I was witnessing in Smiles for once.

The show was far from good, but I had fun with it. I wasn’t expecting a Broadway hit. Smiles was nonplussed.

We got a ride back, and swapped Smiles’ friend for another. When we were getting in the car, Smiles had the friend sit in the middle. I’m significantly taller than anyone in the car, so I wasn’t going to sit in the middle, but the fact that Smiles wasn’t willing to make that sacrifice to sit next to me I found VERY off-putting. I sat next to a stranger, which I’m comfortable with, instead of the man I was dating for an hour-long car ride.

I became the topic of conversation once again. This time it was about my origins. They were surprised to learn I grew up on a farm. “Oh. A farm boy. Better hold onto this one [Smiles],” the driver exclaimed. The rest of the ride home was casual as well. They were kind enough to drop us at my apartment since Smiles was spending the night.

It was late, so we immediately began to get ready for bed. “What’s with you and the purple underwear?” he said. I informed him it was navy. I showed him my one pair of purple underwear and said, “This is purple.” I continued with, “What? Don’t you like it?” He told me he did. He was just surprised I had such colorful underwear. I hardly find navy boxer briefs all that arresting, but I went with it.

We hopped into bed and spooned for a little while we chatted about a few random things. I wasn’t going to see Smiles for some time after that night because of the Christmas break, so there was no way I was making it through the night without getting my answer on where we were. Somehow the topic of chatroulette and manroulette came up. I explained to him how it worked and told him it was how I met the first guy I dated.

As time passed, we turned out the light. We were still snuggling when I finally built up the courage to say, “So where are we?”

“Somewhere between Hoboken and SoHo,” he joked. I responded, “That’s an avoiding answer if I ever heard one.”

After a pause, Smiles said, “I can’t be in a serious relationship right now. When I am, I put a lot of myself into it, and I can’t let myself do that. I need to concentrate on my career right now. But, I really enjoy hanging out with you and spending time with you.”

I took a second to absorb what he just said to me. It wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but it also wasn’t a crushing blow. My response was: “I was pretty much okay with whatever answer you had for that question. I just needed to know where I stood. I would like to continue to move forward, but I’m not in any rush or anything.” He knew I wasn’t thrilled with his answer. I don’t know if it was out of fear I would leave or if he truly was concerned with my feelings on the situation, but he added, “If it becomes a problem, let me know.”

We cuddled some more and went to sleep. I was relieved to finally have the answer. I felt a huge weight lift off my back. I was also horny. I tried to seduce him. “If you keep rubbing me, I’m never going to fall asleep,” he retorted. I quickly quipped, “Maybe that’s what I’m going for.”

I didn’t keep putting up a fight. I knew it was useless. He was stubborn enough that he’d certainly win that battle. I made myself comfortable to sleep and tried not to dwell on the news I’d just received. It was time to sleep. Worrying about what he said would only get in the way of that. Tomorrow was another day…

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  1. #1 by bking84 on January 26, 2012 - 10:24 AM

    well, I’m glad you got some relief from Smiles, although in my opinion, I think if you really care about someone, and want to be with them, you’ll find a balance in your life to do everything you want to do..

    • #2 by One Gay at a Time on January 26, 2012 - 11:50 AM

      I couldn’t agree more! There’s no doubt about it. It’s a tough decision to make.

  2. #3 by GL Gay Single guy (@GLGaySingleguy) on January 26, 2012 - 10:35 AM

    This was not the post I was expecting to find today. I have to say Smiles reply to “Where are we?” did make me laugh. It reminded me of something I would have said. I do think it was honest and clears up a lot of the mixed signals. I myself would have felt doubly rejected after he didn’t accept your advances so I’m glad to see you didn’t seem to upset by that.

    Oh and by the way I don’t find navy boxer briefs all that arresting either.

    • #4 by One Gay at a Time on January 26, 2012 - 11:51 AM

      I had to take it in stride and decide what I wanted and how to proceed…

  3. #5 by bking84 on January 26, 2012 - 11:51 AM

    well if you still want that date, I’ll plan a trip to NYC 😉

    • #6 by Absolute Value on January 26, 2012 - 1:49 PM

      Are you looking for a rebound date after you got dumped? No bueno!!! 🙂

      • #7 by bking84 on January 26, 2012 - 5:47 PM

        haha, I didn’t get dumped, I’m the one who ended it cause I wasn’t being treated the way I deserve 😉

  4. #8 by Absolute Value on January 26, 2012 - 12:33 PM

    So do you want more than what Smile is willing to put on the table or are you going to be ok with it?

  5. #9 by Alex Diaz on January 27, 2012 - 8:46 AM

    I think its definitely important to make sure ,whether its a serious relationship or not, to see how much thought and energy both parties are putting into a relationship. If both sides are unequal I think this results in an aching heart.

    • #10 by One Gay at a Time on January 27, 2012 - 9:11 AM

      If you’ve been reading the Smiles saga, you can see it’s been pretty unequal the entire relationship thus far. It’s also safe to say I’ve had an aching heart a majority of the relationship. That being said, the question is, how will Smiles react and change going forward knowing what I want? That will be how I decide how to proceed.

      • #11 by Alex Diaz on January 27, 2012 - 10:52 AM

        True that. And I have not been reading. haha I got the gist with these past two post. I commend you for your patience. I would of told Smiles to hit the road a long time ago. I’m far too impatient when it comes to telling someone why they should be in a relationship with me. I don’t think that convincing should be a part of building a relationship – unless you look at relationships as a business model… then go crazy.


      • #12 by One Gay at a Time on January 27, 2012 - 11:10 AM

        I don’t believe you should have to convince someone to fall in love with you either. I do, however, believe there is more than just a first impression. It takes time to get to know someone and for someone to get to know you. So I try to be patient…

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