See Part One here if you missed it!
Michael is one of those people who meets someone for three minutes and then adds them on Facebook immediately. Conversely, I'm one of those people who could know someone for years and not add them on Facebook ever, but I would accept if they added me. (My sister just got engaged to her boyfriend of five years, and we are not Facebook friends. Nor am I Facebook friends with anyone I work with.)
So, of course, after our meeting in Seattle, Michael added me on Facebook. He started Facebook chatting me one day when I was in my dorm room with Allison. He actually said to me, "Will you marry me?" I tried to go back and screen shot it, but Facebook will only let me go back to 2011. He was joking (kind of) and still had a girlfriend. I asked Allison why her friend was such a weirdo, and then probably said something sassy back to him.
Then there's a period of time that I don't really remember much regarding Michael (and/or my own love life). I think I started dating someone the summer after freshman year (so, 2010) and that only lasted a few months.
Michael and his girlfriend broke up in February 2011 (which I know from looking at my old Facebook messages for this series--I promise I don't just know this off the top of my head). It's really weird, because like I said in Part One, I didn't even really look at Michael through the lens I normally looked at boys ("Is he cute? Would I date him?") but I know exactly where I was when I found out they broke up. Allison and I were standing in line to buy tickets to an on-campus movie, he texted her, and she told me. Super weird, right?
That summer, we Facebook chatted a little bit, just friendly, but he was being kind of flirty. Since I was boy crazy, I flirted back (aka: was sassy back--it's both how I flirt and how I brush off flirting, apparently) and wondered if there was any possibility. Then, out of nowhere, in July (I think) he ranted to me about how his ex is a bitch. I asked why, and he said they were seeing each other that day, but she was only going to do it for 'closure' and that he was still in love with her. So that killed any possibility for me. I also thought it was really strange how deep he was getting--we were only 'surface friends'; we had only met that one time in 2009 and had Facebook chatted a little here and there.
And yet, in August, after telling me he's in love with his ex, he says this. (And I was sassy back--probably partially to be flirtatious but also because he had told me a month before that he was still in love with his ex.)
This is the earliest that I screenshotted him saying he loves me, but man, dude said that a lot before we started dating. Kind of a weird thing to joke about when you might actually want to date someone in the future, now that I think about it. This was just over 11 months before we started dating, and probably like 9 or 10 months before I seriously considered the possibility of us dating.
We kept talking via Facebook chat, and I think some texting too. I had one semester left in the US, and after that I was leaving on February 11th to study abroad in Australia. We started making plans to hang out some time after he came back to school.
Again with the L word. So according to this message, we were planning to hang out in September. We'll wait until Part Three to see what happens next.