We had known each other for a less than a year when my computer stopped functioning.
Ryan was the only friend I met in college using the traditional “hello, dorm neighbor” method. I probably didn’t branch out more in part because there wasn’t much room for improvement after hitting it off with him.
Being more than friends was never considered.
He was studying electrical engineering, and I was a 19-year-old girl who probably wasn’t doing much to prevent a virus from making its way through my hard drive.
When my computer became incapable of performing its important task of assisting me with procrastination, Ryan saved me. He spent six hours fixing my computer and installing new anti-virus software.
In the initial moments after the computer broke, I contacted the University’s computer service center to ask about repair costs. They quoted me a base fee of $85, plus hourly charges. Ryan charged me nothing.
I bought a $30 Chipotle gift card to thank him. I think I owe Ryan a few more burritos.
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