a zillion years ago a mysterious creature named Jeanine made her way into the offices of the Daily Nexus.
she wore a scowl and a men’s blazer. she looked like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club and because I’m a sucker for the Unknown i HAD to know who she was and what made her tick.
she hated me immediately because i was loud and cocky and had rough edges for days.
i probably also reeked.
we had a few dates and they were terrible and one day she dropped acid and looked me in the eyes and kissed me and i was all omg omg omg omg
a week or so later was the california collegiate journalism awards.
earlier that year i had been fired and later banned from the Nexus but somehow my three Arts sections had been submitted for judgement so i got in a car with Jeanine and a long haired named Trevor Top and we made our way from IV to Sacramento.
along the way i realized Trevor liked her too. i was very nervous because i felt he was way cooler than me, but i had kissed her, so i had that on him.
many of us piled into just a few rooms we drank nibbled on pizza and hit the hot tub.
there i held her hand to see if she would hold it in return. she did, so i kissed her. then again. it was lovely.
soon i was trying on my dress. the men of the Nexus in those days wore dresses to the awards because we were loud, cocky, and had rough edges for days that were softened with the thrift store frocks.
Jeanine helped me with my look and we walked hand in hand to the banquet room where after a few hours it became obvious that the Nexus, as usual, was going to waltz home with Every award. myself included. which was the first time we had won for Arts.
victory was mine! retribution! i had fought for every idea in those sections. much of was in contradiction to our terrible EIC at the time who had just won Best in State but had to deal with his arch enemy, moi, not only winning my big prize, but best of all i got the girl: jeanine, who couldnt care less about the awards, but was wooed by a man in a dress who was now on top of the world and on top of her on the floor of our room.
a few days later we drove to frisco, then mexico and along the way we fell in love.
the date was march 17th. st. paddys day. our anniversary. 10 BC. and we will love each other forever.