This took lots of planning and trust. I had to confide in a few select people, while still hoping and praying that they wouldn’t let it slip during their evenings out together. I told my close girl friend and Chris’s best friend about my plans, so they could help me coordinate everything on that side. I was worried that Chris’s friend may try and make plans to do something during the week I was planning on being there. I needed him around to make sure nothing would interfere with my plans for Chris’ surprise.
Keeping the Surprise
I had to try and remember these details, in case he ever asked me about them again. I couldn’t blow my cover, not keeping my story straight could have steered me off track so fast, and I would never forgive myself if he found out. I was so paranoid about Chris finding out about my surprise I went to the extreme of turning off my phone while I was out with my friends for a night out… Just in case I would drunkenly slip the secret away in a audio message or a text. Surprisingly he never questioned much about my odd behaviour during that time.
Arriving in the UK
I arrived at London Heathrow Airport on Chris’s birthday, and I’m sat waiting in the coach station for a couple of hours before I depart to Plymouth. I turn on my Mac and log onto the free 45 minutes of WiFi (So ridiculous!) provided by the airport and I message to Chris that I have ‘made it to my hotel and that I’m tired’ as soon as Chris and I were engaged in a conversation about the flight, I realised that Chris has GPS access to where I am located. The app we use to talk on a regular basis is called Couple, and it has a unique GPS feature. I panic and hope he doesn’t pick up on it and notice that I’m in London! He never brought it up, so I assumed her didn’t see it, phew!
I made sure to have my friend and her boyfriend get out first, to use as a blocking shield so Chris couldn’t see me approaching the entry way door from outside. Since we were late, all eyes were on my friend and her boyfriend as we entered. I tried to peer through between them as we walked inside, and I caught a glimpse of Chris talking to his friends, with everyone sitting around him at the table. As soon as I saw him, Chris turned his focus in our direction, and made eye contact with me from the table. Just as fast as we made eye contact, it was cut off with my friend and her boyfriend walking ahead of me, and then my view of Chris re-appeared.
There I was standing 10 feet away from Chris and I smiled at him. I made it! I was successful in keeping this a surprise. He has this look of shock on his face, and he is stood there frozen. Not only is he shocked, but so are most of our other friends sitting around him. Only Chris’ friend and my friend knew I was coming over, so it was just as much of a surprise to them as it was for Chris. I walked right up to him as he is standing motionless, and I give him a big hug and a kiss! a
We sit down and Chris’ friend starts laughing, Chris can hardly make eye contact with me, he is so surprised! I couldn’t figure out what could be so amusing, so I asked his friend what he found so funny. He told me while laughing still, that Chris gasped in a high pitched voice when he saw me enter in through the doors, and that he would never forget his reaction. As funny as it was to imagine Chris squeal in excitement, I also found it to be really sweet. From the look of shock on his face as I entered in the restaurant, I couldn’t quite tell how excited he was to see me or if he was even happy at all! So it was definitely reassuring to hear that he reacted when he saw me.
To this day I am pretty proud of myself for accomplishing such an event. My friends say “That’s just like in the Movies!”. I don’t think I could ever top it, or do anything similar to it again. It took so much self control to not tell him anything about it for 3 months! I would have never been able to surprise him without the help I had from our good friends, they were lifesavers! I am so glad that I was successful and managed to pull it off without Chris catching on. Hopefully he will never forget it. I know I won’t.