Today, Armando (37) and Scott (44) have an almost idyllic life together: beautiful home, good jobs, great friends, loving families on both sides. They share their good fortune with the less-lucky at every opportunity. They’re in love, and it shows. But things weren’t always this way. This is their story.
Tears, Martinis, and a Reunion to Remember
After the movie, Armando took Scott home. The following day, he asked Scott out again, this time to his favorite bar, Matisse in Lincoln Park. The moment at the restaurant had galvanized Armando’s intentions toward Scott. Now that he knew he was in love, he wasn’t sure exactly how he would go about fixing the problems between them, but he knew he had to see Scott as much as he was able.
At the bar, they began the evening with idle conversation and chocolate martinis. Whereas the night before their banter came with ease, that night there was a tension they talked around during the first few drinks. Scott was apprehensive that he had perhaps misread the signals, and feeling himself sliding once again into being in love with the man that had rejected him so many times, he bluntly asked Armando what his intensions were.
Armando’s chest tightened, and for once, his way with words failed him. Haltingly, he tried to explain his experience in the bar the previous night as his emotions threatened to spill over. His explanation trailed off, softly he said to Scott, “I love you, I’ve never loved anyone as much as you, and I want to be with you,” and tears flowed down his cheeks as he waited for a response.
“It’s about time!” Scott blurted out, but he was in shock. For over a year he had waited to for some sign that his feelings for Armando had some validity, for confirmation that he returned them in some small way, and now it was happening. And not even just a small confirmation, Armando was in love with him. As they continued to discuss the feelings they shared, Scott’s eyes began to tear up as well.
The rest of the night was spent with the two of them sitting closely, talking quietly with intermittent bouts of crying. When Armando went to drop Scott off at the end of the night, Scott invited him upstairs, but declared that he absolutely couldn’t stay over. “He was NOT coming up,” Scott recalls. The next day was Valentine’s, and he didn’t want them start off due to some fluffy-headed nonsense about the holidy. Once they were upstairs together, he knew Armando would stay.
When they drifted off to sleep together that night, they felt a contentment that had been long missed. The next morning they had breakfast, and Armando left to spend the day with his mother, as he had promised her he would.
As they parted ways, both of them knew they were a part of something great. In years to come, they would celebrate February 13, 2008 as their anniversary. That night they crossed a huge milestone in their relationship, and they knew they had the rest of their lives ahead of them.
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