I was lying in bed with a fellow I'd met, and instantly connected with, a few weeks earlier. It happened at a bar, on an evening when I didn't have any intention of picking up or getting picked up.
But the minute our eyes met, there was that undeniable flare of attraction. When he put out his hand to shake mine, I grabbed it and kissed it without thinking. That's how taken I was with him.
He was a stylish, Middle Eastern man with dark eyes, feathery eyelashes and a smattering of freckles across his nose. It only took two friendly hangouts until we made, um, full contact.
And as I lay stroking his hair, basking in the exciting new start of something beautiful, he turned to me and dropped a bomb.
"My old girlfriend is moving back here in two weeks to be with me," he said in his hot accent. "She's crazy but there's nothing I can do."
Fibbing in the early stages of relationships is not uncommon -- at least not according to an online survey by dating site Zoosk, in which 49% of participants admitted to bending the truth in the early stages of a new romance. And when they refer to fibbing, they mean claiming to like Italian food or The Real Housewives of Vancouver.
Not fibbing in the "Oh, I forgot to tell you about my girlfriend" kind of way.
Other things we admit to lying about?
21% lie about their salary and their age
13% lie about their physical features (like hair colour or enhancements)
12% lie about their occupation
Lida Elias is a dating expert who plans unique date experiences and marriage proposals for couples, as well as provides them with relationship advice. She says it's important to be truthful about who you are, off the bat, since that's who you're going to be for the rest of the relationship.
"In the end the truth is going to come out, so it's always best to stay as honest as you can," she says.
However, a quarter of those Canadians surveyed admitted to finding it "cute" that their date would lie in an attempt to try to impress them in the initial stages of a relationship. But not about serious and misleading issues -- like a divorce or a girlfriend in another country.
"Those are the kinds of things you want to be upfront about at the beginning," she says. "Those issues I wouldn't consider lies, they're pretty big dealbreakers."
Elias also advises against tipping things on the other side of the scale - don't disclose too much about yourself right at the start of a relationship.
"Letting someone know everything about your life can be overwhelming and it can be uncomfortable for them to open up in return," she says.
While I appreciated my Middle Eastern man's honesty, I didn't exactly love the timing of it. We remained friendly, in a "I won't delete you from Facebook" kind of way. We reconnected a month later, when he told me his girlfriend had returned abruptly to their home country. He revealed he'd been thinking about me the entire time.
And although we'd started things off in a cumbersome - and let's face it, dishonest - way, I couldn't help but fall for that kind of true confession.