The subsequent day, whereas driving to the airport, Mr. Wicks stated he felt a pang of remorse.
“I didn’t want to leave,” he stated. “I felt this urge of wanting to stay and wanting to get to know her better.”
The pair stored in contact sporadically and, in May 2018, a piece convention introduced Mr. Wicks to Chicago, the place Ms. Summers lived at the time. While there, he took her out for sushi. Before the meal was over, Ms. Summers recommended that Mr. Wicks lengthen his journey by means of the weekend. He agreed they usually spent the subsequent few days exploring the metropolis collectively.
“It was all just so easy and fun, and it just felt so natural,” Ms. Summers stated.
Just a few weeks later, Ms. Summers visited Mr. Wicks in Houston, and earlier than lengthy they have been relationship and assembly up each likelihood that they had.
That September, Ms. Summers moved to New York. By the following September, Mr. Wicks had moved there, too.
“We’d see each other and all would be right in the world, and then we’d go our separate ways for another weekend, and I’d just be sitting in my house wondering, ‘What am I doing here,’” Mr. Wicks stated of his choice to maneuver nearer to Ms. Summers.
In July 2020, the couple purchased a house collectively in Austin, Texas, the place Ms. Summers, who graduated from Cornell, works as the director of investments for Dovetail + Co, an area hospitality funding agency. Mr. Wicks, who graduated from the University of Houston, works as the director of capital procurement for Pattern Energy, a renewable vitality developer in Austin.