Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Opposites Attract

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Opposites attract, or so the saying goes. But how do they stick. It may be that those differences appeal to us in the beginning, but I think it’s the things we find in common that actually connects us and takes that initial attraction and builds it into something strong and lasting. We take that initial thought or perception that the other person is so different than us, or they’re something we wish we could be, then we look deeper and find commonalities that appeal to us on a deeper level.

So how do two people who seem so different come together and fall in love without a whole lot of clashing? This was the question I asked myself when Dane couldn’t get over the girl who saved him as a teen, and becomes the object of his desire when she saves him again at the rodeo when they’re both all grown up. How could a rodeo guy who’s used to having every buckle bunny on his trail convince a woman who’s a brilliant surgeon and lived such a sheltered life she’s never been on a date to give him a shot?

Well, Dane had to figure that one out too because he wasn’t giving up on the angel who saved his life – twice. So he went back to basics and tried to get to know Bell as a friend, though never having had a real friend, she didn’t make it easy.


“I have a life because of you, Bell. I’m so glad you’re real and a part of my new life. I can’t stop thinking about you. I wish you were here.”

“I’m going to blame those little gems on your meds.”

“Not the meds. Just you. So, will you have dinner with me?”

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea. You’re my patient.”

“Don’t make me get another doctor just for a date?”

“That’s just it, Dane, I’m not just a date. I’ll never be the woman who is just a date. Get some rest. I’ll see you next week.”

Bell hung up and sighed, staring at her cramped little room with the floor to ceiling books stacked so tightly together she couldn’t see the walls. Her grandfather had hoarded the books. She loved them as much as he did. She wanted to open another now and lose herself in another world. Too bad, the only world she wanted to be a part of was Dane’s.
Dane gripped his phone so tight his fingers ached. He wanted to chuck it across the room. Instead, he tossed it on the new wood coffee table beside him and stared up at the ceiling.
Frustrated she didn’t get it, he smacked his fist against the back of the couch…

Didn’t she see how hard he was trying to get to know her? Didn’t she see how much effort he’d put into talking to her tonight? Wasn’t it enough that he’d gone out of his way to get ahold of her? She had to know that meant something. Right?

No. Because she’d never dated anyone. She’d never had a relationship with a man.

Wait. Hold it. Shit. She’d never had a relationship with a man.

Well, damn, that put a whole new spin on things. He hadn’t thought of it in those terms. He understood her background, but never put it into context for dating her. Like his mother said, she’d never gone to high school, been asked to a dance, gone on a date, or worked her way through all those awkward teenage moments of a first kiss and…

Has she ever had sex?

That thought stopped him in his tracks. Could she possibly be in her mid-twenties and still be a virgin?

He felt protective of her. He didn’t want some other asshole coming into her life and having all those experiences with her. He didn’t want anyone to hurt her because they didn’t understand where she’d come from and how much she’d overcome.

He admired her hard work to change her life. He wished she’d had normal, but wanted to give her better. Yep. She made him want to be better for her. Could he be her friend, date her, introduce her to things she’d gone without all this time, and not fuck it up? Not mess her up even more?
He reached over his head, turned the new wrought iron lamp off, and lie in the darkness contemplating his options. Only one would do. He wanted her in his life. He wanted a real relationship with her. He’d figure out a way to make it happen and hope he didn’t make too many mistakes. It would be a new experience for both of them.

Did you fall for someone who you thought was your complete opposite? Or was it what you had in common that drew you together?  

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  1. My husband and I are very opposite, but we have shared values. I think that our different strengths and weaknesses complement each other. yenastone at aol dot com

  2. shared values are the most important thing

    alysap AT yahoo DOT com

  3. nope

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Well, I'm single, so I guess I can't really answer that one. My parents don't have much in common interest wise and they been married for 46 years. As previous posters have stated, they do have shared values, so that is definitely important to a relationship. amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. Not complete opposites, but as others have stated, it's the shared values that make the relationship work

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  6. We were opposites, but I think our differences balanced each other out.

    emilybaucom at yahoo dot com


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