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5 Stories: I Cheated and Didn’t Regret It
Our readers on betraying trust, and being glad you did.
By Nerve Readers
Now or never
I met Drew on the first day of college. We were moving in — each accompanied by our parents — and I was pretty much taken from the get-go. He was tall and narrow, nerdy in the truest sense of the word, but also delicate and beautiful.
Apparently, everyone could tell I was smitten; my oddly pro-sex father even slapped me on the arm and winked when they drove off, as if to say, “Have at it, young daughter!” I surely would have had at it, in the movie version of my life. In the real one, Drew was a very sweet 100% virgin from North Dakota who dodged my kisses, giggled at my jokes, and frustrated my every intention.
He would have broken my heart, if I hadn’t met and started seriously dating someone else. Drew remained a friend, stayed a virgin, and got cuter every day.
When senior year rolled around, that “see everyone one last time” nostalgia caught onto me big time. I was still with my boyfriend, terrified of graduation, and overcome with a weird preemptive regret, worried that I’d look back and miss not having done the things I wasn’t doing. That feeling, mixed with the final throes of college alcoholism, meant I started calling everyone in my phone and asking them out for drinks. One such night, I ended up at the local bar with Drew.
Three drinks and forty-five minutes (plus three unfulfilled years), I finally told him how incredibly into him I’d been when we were freshmen. He looked down, blushed, and then looked up again. Fifteen minutes later, he lost his virginity lying on his back on the ugly brown street-sofa in my apartment.
I never told a soul. I’m still dating my boyfriend, and have no inclination to tell him, since to do so would make us both very unhappy. And that'd be no good, since it’s a very happy memory. — Katie Brandon
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