But Paul got there right on time, and the show went on :)
I was stationed in photo ops for the weekend, so unfortunately, I can't tell you much about what went on in the auditorium. But I bet you've heard all the stories and updates already anyway, right? ;)
The lines were crazy that day. People would start lining up an hour ahead of schedule - I remember someone lined up two hours early for the Ian solo photo ops. Me? As soon as the line inside the room started to dwindle down to about 5, I'd swing out of my blazer, pull off my volunteer badge and grab my photo op ticket. My turn would be up in seconds.
My first time at a fan convention, everyone would figure out ahead of time what they wanted to say to them. Questions they wanted to ask. How to pose with them ;) Nowadays, I barely have time to think about it. So after this pic, I simply turned back to Paul to thank him for coming out. And...
|w/ Paul Wesley ~ 2012 Vampire Diaries Convention ~ San Francisco, CA|
He took my outstretched hand, held it to his chest and covered it with his own. He looked at me and said, "No. Thank YOU for coming out and being here. It really means a lot to me that..."
That did it for me. I couldn't even tell you the rest of what he said. That piercing eye contact of his? That sweet, sincere, intense look on his face? I kinda forgot there were other people in the room. I also kinda forgot to close my mouth. I wasn't gaping or anything, just that slight surprising comment or gesture (or both!) that makes you go, "Oh!"
But still. Pick up your jaw already, girl! Hawt damn. Ladies, all together now. *happy sigh*
The Paul and Ian sammich photo was next. I thought about getting that one, but part of me felt like I'd be killing two birds with one stone and this definitely classified as an event I didn't want to multi-task in. I like having my 10-seconds of one-on-one time with them, and call me selfish, but I didn't want to split it between the two of them.
Ian, Ian, Ian... line was forever, it wrapped through the meeting hallway, down the lobby and around to the other side of the hotel. It took 3 of us to get everyone's ticket's scanned and I still found myself running back to the photo ops room so I could be in place before we got things started.
Again, same drill as before. Line down, jacket, badge, ticket. Quick flick with the hair, hurry girl - no time. Walking up... did I really just say, "Nice to meet you?" Ignoring my outstretched hand, he pulls me in for a hug, making me shake my head and laugh out loud at myself.
I knew he'd gone through hell to get to the convention. That he hadn't slept. That he was probably butt-tired, but didn't show it at all throughout the day. So after Chris (the photographer) snapped our pic, I turned to him just to thank him and tell him how glad we were that he was able to make it in.
|w/ Ian Somerhalder ~ 2012 Vampire Diaries Convention ~ San Francisco, CA|
Now I'm walking away, heading back to the table to get back to work. I'm cool as a cucumber but my insides are screaming, "OMG. Talk about a high. OMG."
I almost didn't hear Ian calling after me. You know, like you think you hear someone calling you, hollering at you, but you're not quite sure?
He was saying, "Me, too. You just... made my day."
Mind you, my back was still turned. He's supposed to be taking his photo op with the next volunteer, except he's still watching me walk away, talking to me, and my dumbass didn't even realize it.
Except when I heard his words, I was still a little bit (a little bit, HA!) on cloud 9. Remember? So in reality, it felt like someone was reading my mind. Astonished, I quickly turned around to say, "I know, right?!" As if I were talking to one of my girlfriends!
But wait - what did Ian say?? That can't be right. I got out "I-" before I caught myself. Then I cocked my head to the side with a question on my face. And Ian answers with a mysterious half grin, half smirk.
Couldn't I have answered back with a cool, mysterious look myself? Or a knowing laugh?
Noooooo. I turned around and went back to work, glad to have something to keep me busy. I'm just thankful that I didn't say out loud to him, "I know, right?!" in response. Jeez-Louise. Get it together, girl. LOL
Have you had a chance to meet either of them yet? Would love to hear how it went! I'd heard that when Ian was in the Philippines, he said, "Mahal ko kayo!" to everyone at the Mall of Asia. Dang, Ian. Mahal namin kayo!!