I hadn’t been that nervous since October of last year as I got ready for my first showing of Equus. Thursday night, I went to bed at 11 and tossed and turned until past 2. Five hours of sleep and a fifteen minute nap the next day, I was a total wreck. The adrenaline in my system refused any kind of sustenence other than a cookie here or there.
I arrived at the mall for the exclusive meet and greet with Tom Felton at Hot Topic five hours early. I wasn’t shocked to find that a line had already formed, that wormed its way out to the parking lot. Really, there were only fifty people in front of me (out of a whopping 750) but it felt like millions.
It was almost comforting to know that there are other fanatics out there. It almost made me feel … normal. I loved hearing their Harry Potter discussions or finding out they ship the same pairings as I do. On the other hand, I hated the fact that they knew about Tom just as much as I did.
The wait was surprisingly not as agonizing as I orginially thought it would be. I think it is the fact that nothing will ever get worse than that whole Jonas Brothers at Good Morning America fiasco. It was during the day so I wasn’t as sleep-deprived and we eventually got moved inside. Plus, the fact that I was with my friends and cousin made for some entertaining company.
The actual meet and greet could not have gone any better. We shook hands!He said my name! We had a conversation and I even had a chat with his girlfriend Jade. He was much appreciative of our little goody bag consisting of his favorites: Lush bath bombs, a mixed CD entitled “When Bored on the M25”, a book on Poker because he sucks, milk chocolate, and a card. And he spelled my name right! He was really a nice guy and I’m so happy I got to meet him. Once I get the chance, I’m framing my poster.
Needless to say, I can die happy.