Things don't always go as planned...

My boyfriend has what some might consider to be an unhealthy obsession with Wolverine. I'll even admit that when confronted with his many boxes of Wolverine comics and two huge Wolverine posters, sometimes I also feel it might be a bit excessive. However, even though I don't necessarily understand why he likes Wolverine so much I still like supporting the fact that he does. To this end I have tried to express my support by going to shows with him and not blinking when he drops two hundred dollars on about 7 comic books.

I also wanted to feel as though I contributed to his interest, so last August I bought the last Wolverine comic in a series he was finishing as a surprise for him. Unfortunately, so did he. My copy, thus, ended up at half price books. Feeling as though I failed in my surprise for him, I asked him what comic he would most like to have. His reply: Hulk 181. When I posed the question I had intended to buy whatever comic he said as a second attempt at a surprise for him, however, I wasn't aware how expensive Hulk 181 was. Being a student, I have very little money, and so I made a deal with him that if we were together in a few years, I would buy it for him. Our arrangement on Hulk 181 was simply a ruse to cover my plan of saving up money and buying it for him for his next birthday (about 10 months away), but of course he didn't know that ;-). I had been saving money for 8 months, when one day he tells me that there is a huge deal on a Hulk 181 on a site he frequents. He asks my opinion on him buying it, and of course I am conflicted. If I tell him not to buy it, he'll want to know why, but if I tell him to buy it, then I can no longer surprise him on his birthday...

It was really hard to choose, but ultimately I told him to go ahead and buy it, because there was no way I was going to say no to the "child in a candy store" look on his face. He bought it, and I felt disappointed that my surprise (8 months in the works) had failed. Then a couple days later, I came across another attempt at a surprise. I noticed on one of his forums he mentioned that there was a rare Wolverine book that he wanted for sale on Ebay, but that he wasn't going to buy it, having spent $600 on Hulk 181. So I go onto Ebay, change my username (so he doesn't know it's me), place my bid, and monitor the site like a hawk for the next two days. This was my third attempt at a surprise, and I figured that the third time's the charm...or so they say. Anyway, I'm the top bidder for two days and then in the last 7 seconds of the auction some guy outbids me :-(. At this point in time i'm feeling very disheartened. All of my attempts to surprise my boyfriend have failed...

But now I think it is really the thought that counts, and my boyfriend agrees. Sure, it would have been really great to surprise him with any one of those items, but he says that just the fact that I wanted to means a lot to him. Since all I wanted was to show him that I care about him and what he is interested in, I think, in the end, I succeeded, and when his Hulk 181 comes in, I think we'll read it together. :-D