Well hey don't get me wrong. Most of them were platonic. The healthy exchange of ideas, opinions and observations through emails. I met a few of them for real and we've remained friends through FB. While others remained merely online since we were on different continents and time zones.
Ok so I'd have to admit, a few veered towards the romantic path. But we all know these online "romances" don't succeed for real. Several factors deterred our relationship so it was better to nip them in the bud before things got too complicated.
Strangely enough, these 'romantic' correspondence fizzled away faster than I could read the words 'You've got mail'. To this day, I still wonder what happened to them. I've searched on FB. Nothing. I've even googled but with negative results. It appears like they have vanished into thin air.
I know I sound like a stalker but hear me out. These 'relationships' started through the exchange of lengthy emails discussing common interests like movies and current events. Somewhere along the way, it progressed into emotions, and feelings. Then a time and a meeting place is set. But unlike Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks with their happy ending, they turn into an eerie episode of Twilight Zone. The creepy psychological TV series not the Bella and Edward variety. Thankfully, no vampires were ever involved.
I still have the emails all neatly stacked in chronological order in my inbox. I liked how my mind worked back then. I could compose really long emails with good grammar, accentuated with punctuation marks and correct spelling without the use of the spell checker. Ok, this paragraph just made me sound like a clinger. But I'm a sentimentalist, so sue me!
Maybe it is about time I deleted those emails. After all, I'm now happily married. Coincidentally, I ended up with someone I met online so I guess I got my happy ending after all, right?