"That will be impossible!!!" he laughed.
He was with Alt #6, my most anonymous alt at the time. I was telling him of my policy to let people know if they meet me as another of my alts. However, they have to be the ones who initiate a conversation. I would not approach them. In fact, I would try to avoid them.
That was when he said it would be impossible because he was shy and he was not likely to say hi to everyone near him.
Actually, it had happened once before. Only once in my five years in SL. I had met someone through Alt #6 first, then he IM'd me while I was in Alt #11. So I had to tell him. But Alt #11 is still mostly anonymous also.
This time, fate seems to be at work.
I only spent one night with The Impossible (I think I'll call him that). There was something very unusual about that meeting. Since my hysterectomy, my orgasms didn't feel as deep as they used to. But that night, it was though I never had a hysterectomy. Besides that, everything else was typical of my encounters.
He was open about himself. I found out his marital status, his age, his birthday, and his job. We talked about his chosen SL name.
We agreed to meet the next day, but I was two hours late and he had to go. We agreed on a time for the next day, but he didn't show up. The day after, I saw him log in, I said "hi," he didn't respond, and he logged off. I figured that was it.
The next time we communicated was just before Valentine's Day, exactly a month after the last communication. I decided to clean out my friends list in Alt #6 because I wasn't supposed to have friends there anyway to avoid emotional attachments. But before I deleted some lovers, I sent them an IM first to explain why.
The Impossible replied in an offline message and said that he understood my reasons. He wished me the best and he reminded me of my promise to say hi if he meets my other alts in the future. He added, "It was a great pleasure meeting you, and I really hope to see you again and talk a little." It was a very heartwarming sentiment but I thought it was very unlikely we would meet again.
That was two weeks ago.
Sometime last year, my real-life friend Dianne invited me to Google+. Since I limit my real-life Facebook and LinkedIn to family, friends and colleagues, I decided to use G+ for my social networking. You know, ... when you have people in your friends list whom you don't really know except what they post on their walls.
I found someone who had shared a public circle of SL personas. So I circled those people. For a while, I was getting circled more than I can manage. Then it eventually slowed down because I didn't log in much anymore.
So, when I saw the only circle notification for today, I was shocked. Stunned really. It was The Impossible, as his Second Life persona, adding my real-life account to his circles.
I IM'd him in SL and asked how he found me in G+. He admitted that I was in his real-life account's SL circle and he circled those same people in his SL persona's account too. We decided to meet for a chat in SL, which we did this afternoon.
He was surprised that I knew so much about him; I told him we had met before. I also told him that I made a promise; he said only one person made that promise to him. He remembered the experience, but he couldn't remember Alt #6's name or the place where we met. It took him an hour and a lot of clues from me.
But just imagine the odds of that. It's mind-boggling. It's like winning the lottery. I had met him through my most anonymous alt and, only two weeks after I removed him from that friends list, he circled my RL in Google+ without knowing it was me. From my most anonymous alt directly to real life.
It was as though fate didn't want him off my friends list. And he said that today felt just like it did when we first met.
I'm still stunned.