November 21, 2011 Twilight-esque love story…without the fangs
Early last Friday morning, and in the hours leading up to it, thousands upon thousands of fans across the country excitedly awaited the midnight release of “Breaking Dawn: Part I,” the fourth of five installments of the Twilight series, based on the wildly popular novels of the same name.
Bella (Kristen Stewart), a human, is marrying Edward (Robert Pattinson), a vampire. They have a baby. And chaos ensues. This is the basic premise of the film. I have not ventured out into the masses of fangirls to see this film, mostly out of disinterest, but also because my bank account hates me. But these are whole other topics I could rant about for hours.
Amidst the screaming (or squealing, really), laughing and awww’s were a couple of college students very much in love like Bella and Edward.
The catch: they’re real.
Elizabeth Drake and Rolando Ayala have been together for about for about four years, which is like twenty five in Kim Kardashian-years. Again, I digress. Both huge fan of the “Twilight” series, you would think they had modeled their relationship after Bella’s and Edward’s.
(Take note of their matching “Breaking Dawn” shirts.)
Firstly, the two couples began their relationships at the same time.
“We started dating July 3, 2007,” said Drake, which means she and Ayala were the same ages as Bella and Edward when their relationship began (except that whole Edward-is-acutally-a-hundred-years-old-because-he’s-a-vampire thing).
Just being around the couple, you can tell how in-tune and connected they are. You can watch them clearly having a conversation without actually hearing a single word because it is as if they speak on a wavelength that only the two of them can hear.
But their peers have not always been so accepting of their relationship.
“A way we relate to the books is that we knew our relationship was something special early on,” Drake said. “In ‘Twilight,’ Bella’s and Edward’s friends and family don’t see the point to their relationship for various reasons, and so did the people surrounding us. But in the end it didn’t matter because we knew what this really was.”
That’s not to say people haven’t come around to the idea of them being together.
“Even our parents thought we were silly at first for putting so much effort into a relationship at 16 but now they can’t imagine us apart,” Ayala said.
And take notes ladies: He actually goes to see (and enjoys?) the “Twilight” films with Drake. Yeah, if that’s not some kind of love, then I don’t know what is.
“We’re happy and as long as we are both really happy in this relationship what reason is there to end it?” said Ayala. “And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”