17. Sally, 22
Casually hooked up for three months. Decided to try long-distance when I moved because we seemed to just get along. Neither of us were looking for a relationship, but we didn’t want to lose the connection we seemed to have. We’ve been together for three and a half years and are still going strong.
18. Annie, 54
It started as what I thought would be a one-night stand. I didn’t think he would contact me again. Months turned to years, years to decades. We just never thought about not being a couple. We’ve been together 35 years now.
19. Debra, 25
We were f*ck buddies for about three months and then we started dating. I was very surprised by the change because I thought it was just casual for both of us, even though I had started to develop feelings for him. We dated for four years and then got married. Our one year anniversary is in March.
Friends first for six months, then casual sex for six months, then open relationship for three years, then serious open relationship for the last two years. We just got engaged about a week ago. I guess you could say we were both open minded in terms of meeting someone and what the relationship could look like, but neither of us took being in a relationship or in love very seriously for a long time due to wounded hearts and trust issues from prior relationships. Also, neither of us put expectations greater than hoping the other person would be a decent human being. Been together five years and counting.
21. Austin, 30
Had sex with my now ex-girlfriend after meeting her on a drunken night in the International Society at my University. We just kind of started having more and more sex, and in the end we figured, why the hell shouldn’t we just be together!? Lasted nine and a half years.
22. Garry, 28
We had dated briefly before. The sex was good but it was the wrong time in life. Stayed friends, a year later we both wanted sex and started hooking up. About three months of that lead to deeper feelings. We’ve been together for more than a year now.
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