I met this guy online who is a merchant marine. We met through a "pen-pals only" site. We corresponded for several months when he started pursuing a romantic relationship. He was using the "love" word constantly. He sent me money, gifts, etc. He said he was going to take leave time to come and meet me, but then told me he was denied the time off. I understood that. Then he seemingly disappeared, and I received no emails from him for two weeks. Once he showed back up online, he told me some lame story about him being at some "school" for two weeks. He said he had been sent off at the last minute, and there were not any computers where he had been. After that, he no longer used the love word and was very cold to me. Now, we rarely talk, and he is still very cold to me.
— Colette, 23