but not yet!!

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“…The…The puppy eyes won’t work…Al…Alfred, help ?!” 

story time: an update

i’m gonna take y’all back to the beginning so hold on to your butts, kids. it’s storytime. a story of two bois. gay love. impossible odds. and harry potter rp.

in the beginning, i was scrolling through my dash, and stumbled upon this community. it all seemed so fun, and i wanted to be a part of it, so i made my contributions, slowly made a few friends, and expanded my harry potter love through this new medium i had found. 

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now, as the months went on, the community was growing more than ever. the year was early 2017. and a new kid graced the tumblr hprp community by the username @kapitan5o

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they popped up on my dash, and i was immediately in love. smitten. and so my first tumblr crush was born. i messaged them in an effort to collab. and from there, a beautiful connection grew and bloomed. and four months later we got to meet up in new york irl for the first time.

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we met up in person several times after that, entered into a relationship that was much more tangible than a simple tumblr crush, and supported and loved each other through so many highs and lows, despite living 5,600 miles apart. rp-ing all the while.

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we had always known that if we wanted a real chance at being together, marriage would likely be in the picture for us, since we are from different countries and couldn’t easily even visit each other’s homes without going through lengthy and expensive tourist visa processes [yikes]. and so in March of 2018, on a trip to Prague on my spring break, simon proposed [while, of course, we were rp-ing drarry lol]

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from that point onward we have been working tirelessly on getting the proper k-1 visa required for us to finally be together for more than a few days a year. we’ve filled out countless forms, sent in massive binders worth of our ‘proof of relationship’ in the forms of text screen shots and ticket stubs and receipts and skype stills and polaroids and letters, hoping it’s enough. waiting and waiting and waiting. fearing that more sanctions will swoop into effect and ruin our already thin chances. the interviews came next, and the medical exams. and finally, in early October 2019, after over a year of preparing and waiting, we received our long awaited approval notice. 

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so now, as i type this, after a whirlwind of complications in getting to one another, moving across country and across the world, and finding a place and a new job, we are snuggled up in our flat in NYC, finally together. the journey is only beginning, and it will continue to be as challenging as it has always been. though we have both already sacrificed so much for this, we still have work permits to submit and green card applications and adjustments of status and a ticking timer on simon’s current fiance visa. and that’s just the start.

but we just wanted to update the lovely community that brought us to one another in the first place on this very big step that we have finally conquered. 

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we aren’t super active here these days, and that might not change anytime soon, but you’ll still see an occasional post from us here and there when we find the time amidst the busyness. 

so thanks from us, from the bottom of our hearts, for being a part of such a beautiful community. it’s because you are here that we were able to find one another. 

much love, arin <3