How did you guys get together?
Michael: Okay kiddies, buckle up. It’s story time!
It all started way waaay back when Jeremy found the first key to the hunt. He just so happened to run into Christine there, who was also after the key. Jeremy had been following her blog about the hunt for several years, and he had a pretty big crush on her.
Jeremy: Her avatar is cute! Come on…
Michael: Yeah, she’s a cutie alright! Anyway, the two of them started chatting and they hit it off pretty well. After the High Five formed—that was me, Jeremy, Christine, Rich, and Jake, the people in the top five slots of the scoreboard—the two of them started hanging out more and more. And Jeremy kinda sorta started ditching me for Christine.
Jeremy: …I was a huge dick back then.
Michael: Yeah, no kidding. He’d blow me off all the time just to be with her instead. I warned him several times that he shouldn’t get so serious—his obsession with her would eventually backfire and then what would he do? But he didn’t listen to me, and we got into a really big f-fight—
Jeremy: Easy, M. It’s okay.
Michael: *sighs* Yeah, I know. Um…where was I? Oh, right. I’d been in love with Jeremy since the beginning, ever since I met him. After our fight we, we didn’t speak for several months. I was really fucking pissed at him, and he thought he was right, and I wasn’t going to apologize, so…
Jeremy: We were both really bitter.
Michael: Yeah. And Christine dumped your ass even though you were never dating, haha.
Jeremy: Yeah, yeah, I get it! You were right all along, blah blah blah.
Michael: Heheh! And then, uh—I sent Jeremy an email telling him where to find the next key, as payback since he helped me find the first one.
Jeremy: And I was so relieved to hear from you again. You have no idea!
Michael: I got that when you sent a reply apologizing for being such an ass, haha.
Jeremy: During those couple months apart I realized just how much I missed Michael and being with him. Christine was avoiding talking to me at the time as well so I was pretty much on my own, no friends to talk to…it was really lonely. But I had a lot of time to think about my relationship with Michael, and soon enough that longing to be with him again sort of…evolved into something bigger than I ever expected. I realized then that I’d actually loved Michael all along and never understood it until that moment. But I was—I was really afraid to tell him because I thought I’d ruined our friendship, and I didn’t want to ruin it again, you know?
Jeremy: And then…we met up after I apologized and everything was fine. We were back to our usual antics and god, I was so, so happy to see that.
Michael: It was so good to see you after all that time, I just—I couldn’t stay mad anymore.
Jeremy: Yeah. And then, um, everyone else left after we planned our final attack and how we were gonna get to the final gate. Then it was just the two of us.
Michael: Jeremy told me what he’d been feeling during those months apart but he was very vague about who he was referring to. I thought he was talking about Christine at first but he told me he didn’t like her that way anymore, and—
Jeremy: You thought that I was talking about somebody else entirely! You were so dense, oh my god.
Michael: *laughs* Oh, shut up!
Jeremy: I sort of freaked out and accidentally spilled my feelings for Michael. I started having a panic attack because I thought I’d ruined everything, and right when we’d come back to being friends and all.
Michael: But then I told him that I felt the same way! And so we decided to get together.
Jeremy: At that point we hadn’t met in real life but we already knew each other so intimately that we didn’t care what we looked like outside of the OASIS.
Michael: I mean. I care.
Jeremy: Well duh—I meant we’d accept what we looked like in real life no matter what.
Michael: And hot damn, I got lucky with you. You’re much cuter in real life than in the OASIS.
Michael: Haha! When I saw Jeremy for the first time in real life, I couldn’t believe my eyes!
Jeremy: Me neither. We were both stuttering messes when we met in person.
Michael: You were just so adorable I didn’t know what to do with myself…
Jeremy: Oh my god shut up!!
Michael: But you are! I love you~
Michael: So, yeah! That ends our tale. That is how we discovered our feelings for each other. Once the final battle was over and Jeremy won the competition, we moved in together and started dating for real. Ta-dah!