The Girl He Had Been Waiting For
Daniel Jacobs had been single for three years and was waiting for the perfect girl to come his way.
When he finally met Shayna on a blind date, he knew that he had hit the jackpot.
But not everybody thought so. It seemed like Daniel’s life only became more difficult since meeting Shayna. He could hear the whispers and gossip about them. He had had enough.
The Ladies Man
Daniel didn’t have trouble getting a girl. His friends considered him a bit of a ladies’ man.
But when Daniel announced that he was taking a break from dating, his friends became worried.
He just needed a bit of time for himself. Besides, he had been dating someone on and off for four years and needed some space. But one night, everything would change for him in an instant.
The Set Up
Daniel was a handsome guy with brown curly hair and dark blue eyes.
So when his friends heard about his dating hiatus, they quickly set a plan in motion.
They had set up a blind date with a gorgeous woman. At first, Daniel wasn’t convinced by the plan. He couldn’t believe that they had gone behind his back to set him up. He was not happy.
A Bad Break Up
He wanted to stay single for as long as he could after he came out of a bad breakup.
He just wanted to do something for himself for a change.
Had his friends not done this setup, he would’ve been well on his way to achieving just that. But, being the nice guy that he was, he was going to go on the date because, after all, it wasn’t his date’s fault.
He got a haircut and shaved his beard. He wanted to make a great first impression.
Even if things wouldn’t work out, he would at least try and have a good time.
He made his way to the restaurant where he would be meeting his mystery date. He felt a pang of nervousness hit him.
Love at First Sight
As soon as Daniel saw Shayna, he was mesmerized.
She was breathtakingly beautiful, with her long flowing hair and bright smile. He couldn’t believe his luck. It was love at first sight for him.
Shayna greeted him warmly, and they started talking effortlessly. Daniel found himself captivated by her charm and wit. It felt like they had known each other for ages, and he couldn’t help but be drawn to her.
As they continued to talk, Daniel realized that he and Shayna had so much in common.
They both loved hiking, traveling, and trying new foods. They laughed at the same jokes and enjoyed each other’s company immensely.
Daniel couldn’t believe how lucky he was to have found someone who shared his interests and made him feel so comfortable.
Upfront and Honest
From the very beginning, Shayna was honest about her appearance.
She explained everything to Daniel, and even though she presented him with the consequences thereof, she could see that he was still interested.
It made her very happy to know that he was still willing to spend time with her despite the challenges she faced.
Ignoring the Gossip
He was thrilled to have met Shayna, and he knew he wanted to see her again. Despite his happiness, Daniel couldn’t ignore the whispers and gossip around him.
He noticed people staring at him and Shayna when they were out together. Some even made rude comments about their relationship.
Daniel could see how uncomfortable Shayna had become, and he couldn’t understand how people could be so cruel.
Daniel was hurt and frustrated, and he couldn’t imagine how she felt.
He couldn’t understand why people were being so judgmental. He knew that Shayna was special.
But he couldn’t help but feel the pressure of societal norms and expectations. He had a lot to think about. Was he doing the right thing by dating Shayna? Only time would tell.
Overcoming the Judgments
Daniel tried to ignore the judgments and focused on building his relationship with Shayna.
They continued to go on dates, and their bond grew stronger with each passing day.
Shayna, too, was happy spending more time with him despite people’s cruelty towards them. But they decided to put it behind them and move on. After all, she was used to it.
Shayna had been hurt by people’s comments all her life.
But she was impressed by Daniel’s unwavering support and acceptance of her as she was.
She admired his courage to stand up against societal norms and be with her despite the gossip. She was starting to think she had found someone really unique and special.
Falling in Love
As time went on, Daniel and Shayna fell deeply in love with each other.
They shared their dreams, fears, and hopes. They built a beautiful connection that went beyond physical appearances.
Daniel couldn’t imagine his life without Shayna. She had become his confidante, his best friend, and his rock. He knew that he had found someone truly special, and he was determined to make their relationship work, no matter what.
A Stamp Of Approval
His friends were equally impressed with his relationship. They didn’t think he would fall for someone like Shayna.
They could see he was head over heels in love with her. So, of course, they gave them their stamp of approval.
Daniel couldn’t have been happier. But then, trouble reared its ugly head again.
Very Happy Together
They defended their relationship and shut down any negative comments.
They knew how happy Daniel was with Shayna and supported his decision wholeheartedly.
Although it became very difficult at times, Daniel and Shayna stuck through it and endured all the criticism that was hurled at them. They weren’t going to let people ruin their happiness.
Planning for the Future
Daniel and Shayna started making plans for their future together.
They talked about traveling the world, building a home, and starting a family. They were excited about their life together and the adventures that lay ahead.
Daniel was overjoyed to have found someone who brought so much happiness into his life. But he was also experiencing so much hate from people that he felt like he wanted to move to an isolated part of the world.
He knew that Shayna was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, and he was determined to make her his forever, but he also had his doubts.
Most of the hate was directed at him, and he just couldn’t understand how people could be so narrow-minded.
Was Shayna really worth all the hate he was receiving?
Meeting Shayna’s Family
One day, Shayna invited Daniel to meet her family. He was nervous but excited to finally meet the people who had raised the woman he loved.
When he arrived at Shayna’s home, he was greeted with warmth and love.
He could see where Shayna got her kind-hearted nature from. However, he still had lingering doubts at the back of his mind.
Was He Doing The Right Thing?
He couldn’t help but wonder if he was doing the right thing. He loved her but knew that they would be facing all these challenges all through their lives.
Would people ever get used to the fact that they were different from other couples?
Daniel looked at his girlfriend. She was beautiful to him, but other people looked at them like they were circus freaks.
Rising Above the Gossip
Despite the challenges they faced, Daniel and Shayna refused to let the gossip and judgments of others affect their relationship.
They learned to rise above the negativity and focus on their love for each other.
They continued to go on dates, travel together, and make memories. They didn’t let other people’s opinions dictate their happiness. But it wasn’t long before Daniel faced a serious confrontation.
The Grocery Store Incident
As Daniel and Shayna left a grocery store one day, a man and woman hurled insults at them.
They taunted them all the way to their car, and Shayna became upset.
Daniel tried his best not to entertain the couple, but as soon as he saw the tears running down Shayna’s face, he knew he had to step in and protect her.
The Insults Continue
They kept shouting at them and saying the most unimaginable things. Daniel knew that they were mostly directed toward him.
“What’s wrong with you, man? How can you date someone like that? You must be one of those creeps.”
Daniel couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He was hurt but mostly angry. He wanted to make them pay for what they were saying.
Nothing They Could Do
“Mind your own business,” was all Daniel could muster, and he hastily got into the car and drove off.
He could see how the couple laughed at them through the rearview mirror.
How much more of this would they have to endure? Shayna could see how embarrassed and hurt Daniel was. She knew this relationship would probably end up like all the rest.
Time To Say Goodbye
Shayna had come to the conclusion that it was time to let Daniel go.
She couldn’t let him suffer because of what she looked like, it wasn’t fair on him.
Through the tears, she had hoped that she had actually found her one true love, but things weren’t faring too well, and she thought it would be better to just call it quits.
Daniel was taken aback by Shayna’s request.
He loved her, and he didn’t want to give up on their relationship because of people’s narrow-mindedness and insults.
He promised her that they would get through it, and he wanted to give their relationship a chance. He wasn’t prepared to give up just yet. Shayna’s eyes lit up. She felt lucky to have Daniel in her life.
Staying At Home
But things didn’t get any easier for Daniel and Shayna.
In fact, it got worse on some days, which led them to stay indoors most of the time.
Daniel just wanted to protect Shayna as best he could, but nothing would prepare them for what was coming. As they settled down to watch a movie, they heard a loud knock at the door.
An Unexpected Visit
Shayna’s eyes grew wide. Who on earth was at their door at this time of the night?
They weren’t expecting anyone. Daniel got up to look, and he was confused by what he saw.
They became even more worried when they could see blue and red lights flashing outside. It looked like it was the police, and they were banging impatiently on the door.
Open The Door!
“Open up, it’s the police, we need to talk to you!” Shayna’s heart was racing so fast she thought it would fall out of her chest.
Daniel calmed her down and quickly made his way to the door.
When he opened the door, a police officer was pointing a gun at him. He instinctively lifted his hands. “You’re under arrest for dating a minor.” Daniel’s world came crashing down.
An Unexpected Revelation
“No, no, no, you’ve got it all wrong!” Shayna shouted as she ran to the door.
“Little girl, please step away. This is for your own good.” But Shayna pushed her way through, she needed to stop them before it was too late.
“I’m not a little girl. I’m 24 years old, and I have pituitary dwarfism, aka growth hormone deficiency. He’s not dating a minor, I’m an adult. Now, please let him go.”
Things Would Never Be Normal
The officers uncuffed Daniel and apologized for the arrest. They apparently were tipped off by a couple who thought Shayna was in danger.
Shayna and Daniel were relieved that nothing serious had happened. They knew their lives would never be normal, but Daniel was willing to take a chance to be with the love of his life.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.