I was reading a book not long ago set in sixties America. A young girl, aged about sixteen travelled on a bus across several states with her mother and younger sister. On the bus she meets a young military man and has to sit next to him. They strike up a friendship and over the following 48 hours they fall deeply in love.
I stopped reading then, no way does that happen. People don’t fall in love on a bus. They don’t declare undying love to each other. It was just so unrealistic. Although I had read this author before, and she is a great story teller I just couldn’t buy into this one. I wrote up a part review voicing my concerns and was surprised at the reaction I received. Love at first sight does happen I was told, and I should open my mind, it honestly it surprised me. I didn’t expect that reaction.
When I came to put this book together, I found a very short story that suggested I must once have believed in the concept. The story was called First Sight and the fact that it can happen at any time to any one. No one knows what makes that sudden click when two eyes meet, what is it that draws them together, what makes each of them stand out from the crowd. So I explored the concept by creating an unlikely situation between two people who started the day as normal not realising what was about to happened them.
‘Joe got there in time to preserve the crime scene. “Get these people outta here!” He barked. This was bad, and he was thankful they couldn’t see what he’d seen. It didn’t help when it rained.’
Read the full story in The Magic of Stories.