Pick Me Up !|February 06, 2020
Miming and dancing on camera, I filmed funny videos of myself to put on my TikTok account. I joined the social media app in July 2018, and so far, my followers had racked up to 9,000 people.
Uploading light-hearted, daily music videos was my new favourite hobby!
Then one day in August, I got a notification on my phone that someone had done a duet with my video.
Watching a handsome guy lip-syncing to Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, I laughed.
Daniel Hank was charming and funny.
Following him back, I saw a message pop up on my TikTok inbox – it was Dan.
We quickly hit it off, and soon our conversation moved to Instagram.
What do you think of this video idea? Dan asked.
Brilliant! I replied. We were bouncing off each other and it felt so natural.
The only problem was that Dan lived in the UK, and I lived in Boston, America…
‘When are you coming here then?’ Dan asked the first time we video-called each other.
Chatting away, Dan had got me thinking – why not get a flight over?
I have always wanted to visit England, I thought.
On our second ever phone call, I was talking to Dan whilst booking flights from Boston to London, UK. ‘See you soon!’
I smiled excitedly. Showing Mum videos of Dan, she laughed.
‘He’s funny,’ she said, approvingly.
Within two weeks of meeting a boy, I had organized to fly halfway around the world and visit him – crazy!
Waiting at Heathrow Airport for Dan, I had butterflies in my stomach.
Dan felt so familiar, but he was also a stranger to me.
‘Hey!’ Dan said, walking towards me.
Hugging him, I felt so relieved – it wouldn’t be awkward after all.
Walking around the wintery streets of London, everything was magical.
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February 06, 2020