Shana and Michael: It all
started last July. I was baby sitting my younger cousin Kristian while my
aunt was out of town for the weekend. As it was getting late I put Kristian
to bed and I began to watch TV...
She's From: United States He's From: United States
I was a thief and a hero: an odd mix of
criminal and nobility... Usually kind and courteous - fiercely loyal to
those close to me.
I was pretty handy with a dagger and
steadily becoming more and more ruthless when it came to correcting what
I would call 'attitude' problems in those young upstarts who seemed to
be flooding the lands of late.
He was a complete rogue. I dare say his
dagger skills needed a lot of polish but I secretly admired his
boldness. Still he was obnoxious and usually drunk and almost as
irritating to me as he must have been to the gods. I had joined his clan
now - so killing him was no longer an option... I would have to learn to
put up with him.
And that's how I met my husband.
No, it really is. In 1998 I found myself a divorced mother of two
children under the age of two. Between work and childcare it was
virtually impossible to have a 'real' social life. Fortunately for me, I
was handy with a computer. I also had always really liked playing games
- video games, board games, role playing games... Any kind of game.
I admit I frequented some chat rooms in
the beginning - being starved for social contact... And there I made
some really good friends - one of which inadvertently introduced me to
the game that would change my life. The game was a text-based
multi-player role-playing (lots of hyphens there!) thing - with a mildly
medieval setting. The thing is addictive, I tell you. I had been playing
for a year and my character had just become a hero (the highest
achievable level in the game at the time) when I met him. And that's
where the above story begins.
We were in this virtual world together..
Playing next to one another night after night... Our characters clashed
in the most fantastic way. Others commented on the tension between us -
like two characters in a fantasy novel.. You know - the ones you're
constantly urging to get together while you're reading? As our
characters grew closer (reluctantly at first but you can't always choose
your allies too carefully when rushing out to slay a dragon) the most
amazing thing happened.. we began to get to know one another... Not just
the character but the person playing the character and we started to
fall in love. The change became rather apparent in our characters as
well and people began seeing us roaming together and wreaking havoc
wherever we could. Suddenly a team - our characters were married by the
gods in January of 2000.
In the meantime, we had met in person several times - in spite of the
fact that he lived almost 1000 miles away. We instantly clicked and felt
very comfortable with one another. We enjoyed one another's company as
much in person as we had online - in spite of the fact that each of us
were so very different from our game characters... Maybe BECAUSE we were
so different. We often joke now that our alter-egos met each other
first. Now let me tell you, that's something that everyone should try at
In January of 2001 he relocated to be closer to us and in March of 2001
we were married in real life. Later that year, he adopted both of the
children. Now, just over two years later we're expecting our first child
together in November. We networked our computers... and yes sometimes we
return to our medieval land together and play when we get the chance.
We're best friends and still totally in love and I still can't believe
we met! I grin when people ask me how we met and am always happy to tell
the story... We literally met in a fairy-tale world - and now we live
together in complete peace and happiness in a way that puts the
fairy-tales to shame.