Happy couple Jake Reed and Marla Moss, who first encountered each other over five months ago on the online dating site Bumble, have decided to take their relationship to the next level and go on an actual date.
For the first three months after they “met,” Jake and Marla enjoyed an extremely rewarding exclusively online relationship, consisting of Bumble messages and occasional exchanges of photos via the Web app. Things were going so well that, several months in, they agreed to exchange phone numbers.
“He's in my phone now,” acknowledged Marla. “That was a big step.”
They currently text quite frequently, although they haven't yet spoken. “I'm not really a phone person,” explained Jake.
Now, almost six months in, things have gotten pretty serious. So serious, in fact, that the couple made the big decision to plan to meet in person – risky as in-person interaction may be.
“Right now, things are really working for us, so there's a lot to lose,” noted Jake. “We may not hit it off in person at all – in fact, based on my experience, we probably won't. But life's all about taking that chance.”
The couple has decided to meet at a bar for drinks. And in case Marla feels the urge to make a speedy exit, she's lined up a friend willing to make an “emergency” call.
“I really love Jake,” said Marla. "I'm optimistic, but I also want to be smart about this. And I only hope that he'll be able to see past the fact that I look nothing like the photos on my profile."