Our college days were over. We graduated, got jobs and started growing up a little bit. For Eddie, Lauren and I, our friendship continued in the form of a Facebook message thread and scattered hangouts. At some point, Lauren would introduce us to the game Hearthstone. An online collectible card game that was free to play, who could resist? Not me.
Naturally, if I found out a friend played, I would add them to my friend list in the game. One of these friends was Katrina. She posted on Facebook that she played too, so I messaged her for her game ID. I was a little surprised that she responded, I was afraid she would ignore me because the last time I spoke to her, we were sophomores.
Once a blue moon, I’d log on and see that she was playing too. We’d chat a little bit, though it never moved too far from small talk. It was kind of weird talking with her, because she basically didn’t exist socially from 2010 to 2013. In those sparse conversations, I learned one piece of vital information; she had a boyfriend. No, it didn’t mean she was off limits for me; rather she was off limits for Eddie. At least for now.
Months would pass and the conversations continued. And then something happened. Since our conversations were usually 1 – 2 months apart, the question of “what’s new?” often had legitimate and fresh answers. On this particular evening, I happened to ask how things were going with her boyfriend. She said that they had broken up a while back and I expressed my sympathy. At this point, a trigger went off in the back of my head.
DING ding DING! Operation Cheesy Cat Greenlighted! Go go go!
But I needed a catalyst of some sort..
Another grade hangout!
I just knew if I could get those two in contact again, something would happen. All the magic, romance and cheesy stuff they experienced as Freshmen would come surging back. I just needed them to look at each other again or something like that.
But first I needed to test the waters. The next time I saw Katrina on Hearthstone, I talked to her about the idea of helping me plan a grade reunion. She liked the idea too and I asked her to also help me hype it up and promote it too. As soon as that Facebook event was made, I messaged Eddie. Being upfront, I told him “I’m getting you back together with Katrina”. I think he was skeptical again, but Lauren supported my idea.
The plan was simple. Have a grade hangout, let them reacquaint and let the magic happen. I even went as far as essentially structuring everything around her. That is, scheduling the hangout on the only night and time frame she was free and such.
Little did I know there was still so much energy between them.
Again, not so much my story to tell, but before we even got to our grade hangout, Eddie and Katrina got back together and became official. She ended up messaging him to make sure things wouldn’t be weird. They met up for coffee and reconvened. The grade hangout still happened, but it was now just a formal presentation of the new Eddie and Katrina.
Operation Cheesy Cat was a success.
After Eddie thanked me profusely, he told me I won the award for Wingman of the Year 2015. I jokingly told him to commemorate that with a trophy or medal. And now that they’re married, he did:
One of my finer moments in life, I’ll treasure this forever.