One is a former Marine who prefers Nerf guns to actual guns; the other is a successful business owner who loves to cook. Several chance encounters set the scene for a wildly inseparable duo.
Bret and Sean’s love story began during their childhood. The two of them grew up together in the same hometown and attended the same school.
"We were in the same art class. Bret was, and still is, an amazing artist,” according to Sean. “We shared the same circle of friends but didn’t hang out directly.”
“I thought Sean was cute and funny and I knew he was gay before he did,” Bret said back with a smile.
After high school they went separate ways. Sean left for the military and Bret went to college to study international law.
Four years passed before a chance meeting would bring them back together.
"That is when our bond really started. We were the best of friends. Loved and supported each other. But after a few years, Sean decided he wanted to move to Florida and leave Cincinnati. It was very hard for me but of course I supported his decision." Bret told me.
The years Sean spent down south created distance between the two. This was before smart phones and Facebook. Keeping in touch took a lot of effort.
"Bret and I lead very different lives that drifted us apart. But I thought about him all the time."
In 2010, Sean decided to move back home again to be closer to his family.
"I had no idea if Bret still lived here or not. Or how to get a hold of him."
Once again fate brought them back together. That year on St Patrick's day, Sean turned a corner heading to a pub in Covington and bumped into Bret.
"I just looked up and said, well hi Bret! Then he grabbed me and picked me up and hugged me so tight. I knew right then we would not be spending any more time apart."
Finally, Bret and Sean broke the cycle of long absences apart by getting married in the fall of 2015. No explanation was needed. Their love was destiny. Even their supportive, close knit families and friends believed it too.
Nowadays, they enjoy quiet weeknights cooking and laying on the couch together watching reruns of The Golden Girls with their two Great Pyrenees, Chase and Cody.
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