This strip goes rather beyond exaggerated non-fiction. The first two panels are exactly how the conversation went, but the bit that followed finding out he wasn't single involved him asking if I just wanted to be friends. I did. In fact, we were awesome friends for a while and some of best buddies now I met through him. He was my first big break in trying to grow my own social circle and he introduced me to all sorts of neat New York city sights I never would have found on my own. Unfortunately while we became fast friends, the relationship faded as quickly and since I wanted this to be a comic about Mallorie getting her life together and things getting better and better, I decided to leave his character out of the narrative and fast track Himawari's story line instead.