|The candle wasn't the only thing that was melting.|
Commuters woke up to a cold, frosty morning during the winter of 2011. Many of them didn’t realize when they set out for work in a light rain that the roads were covered with a thin sheet of ice virtually invisible to the naked eye.
Cars were sliding off the road and crashing into each other with conditions becoming more treacherous by the moment. In some spots, traffic was at a standstill. However, a few cars were moving along one of the main arteries into the city.
A friend of my sister’s was driving one of those cars. Ahead on the shoulder of the road she spotted a man standing in the freezing rain beside a car in a ditch. He was frantically waving his arms, imploring for someone to stop.
She impulsively pulled over to the side of the road, and he ran up to her car. He was a doctor urgently needed at the emergency room of his hospital because of all the accidents, he said. Could she give him a ride? Not to the city, where she was headed to work. But across an icy bridge to the city outskirts, where the hospital was located.
She said yes to the drenched and desperate doctor. She also said yes later when he asked her out. They’re still dating.
How’s that for a true dramatic meet?
Here’s another. I have a friend who met her husband, already a U.S. citizen, when he was on a trip to their homeland to find a wife. Since she’s close to her family and had no desire to move across the ocean, the bride search would have been a deal breaker had she known about it. Mutual friends set them up, however, and they went out to a candlelit dinner. She enjoyed his personality so much that before the night was through, she was, to use her word, “melting.” Love and a short courtship followed. They’re both Americans now with two sons and a happy marriage of almost twenty years.
And here’s yet another strange-but-true meet. House Hunters International once featured a couple who met online. It turned out they’d gone to the same large high school and graduated in the same year yet had never previously met.
In The Truth About Tara, my September Superromance, Tara and Jack meet when he stops her on the street and shows her an age-progression photo of a child who was abducted thirty years ago. A photo that looks eerily like her.
But that’s fiction. Truth, as you’ve seen from my examples above, can be even more interesting. I’m forever asking my friends how they met their husbands and boyfriends. Some of their cute meets trump the ones authors dream up in romance novels.
I’d love to hear the most unusual How They Met true story you know. Share the romance!