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Dating someone in an open relationship

Love is a man who will stay over after sex (without being asked).

Despite the doom-mongering from friends and family about dating a married man, I knew I was more open to falling in love than I had ever been.

“When they leave me, it’s usually for The One,” my lover, Charles, said.

I was gushing about the new man in my life, and Charles was adjusting admirably to the news. That’s the deal for a man in a polyamorous, open marriage who dates multiple partners.

All it took was one run-in with my ex and his new girlfriend to get me to reluctantly make an online dating profile. Which is how I ended up surprising myself when a message popped up in my Ok Cupid inbox.

I tried to keep it together as I spoke to them, even shaking my replacement's hand while quickly judging her in my head. He said he was in an open relationship, and everything was good with his girlfriend. I had assumptions about what open relationships entail and the kind of people who get into them.

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