By Michele D
Brandon and I graduated high school together in 2013. We never actually talked but we always knew each other from a distance. Around the beginning of September of last year we both had been at a local show and somehow ended up hanging out later in the night over the idea that we both tweeted that we loved tacos and thought we should get them together that upcoming Monday.
The night before that show I had lost a very close friend of mine to a drug overdose. My current fling stopped talking to me the same day and I was in a very strange place at the time, the lowest I have ever been. Brandon and I had gotten tacos that Monday and hung out in the park. I had told him about what happened to my friend, and how the next day was his funeral. I was dreading it because my brother was on tour at the time so I had to go alone.
The following day, after the funeral, Brandon texted me and asked if I was okay. I told him I'll be fine. I didn't want to be a burden, and I mean we only actually hung out one time. But he ended up asking me to meet him for a drink downtown anyways because he didn't want me to be alone. After that night we started to hang out more frequently and eventually grew to us being inseparable. On October 5th we went to a jam night that was downtown at the same bar that we connected the first night and got drinks at after the funeral. We eventually wandered into the parking lot and the sky was clear and the air was crisp, everything was dark except the one street light we were under. We sat there for almost two hours just telling each other all of our darkest secrets. It was one of the rawest moments I have ever experienced with someone before. At 12:40 (I know the exact time because I got a text message at the exact minute) we both stood up and gave each other a hug and then he asked me to be his girlfriend.
Losing someone who was so close to me so sudden was one of the worst experiences of my life, and Brandon somehow made all of that go away for a moment when he opened up just as raw right back to me. He became my best friend in that moment and I will always cherish him for it even if we end up parting ways in the future. I will always be thankful for him making me see the stars when all I saw was darkness.