Meet Bob. Bob is the guy between the lines of every love story you ever met. The lucky chance, the twist of fate, the astounding coincidence that sets sparks flying. Never seen, but always there.
Today Bob is assigned to help Jenny find love. But there is something more than bad luck working against the quirky librarian. Bob might have to save her life, before he can help her find love.
And he can’t do that from the shadows….
Let me tell you a story. Stop me if you have heard it before.
We start with a woman, it could be any woman, of any age. She is alone. She thinks she is hawks, awkward and plain, and never sees her own beauty. It’s is a cruel fact of life that it only takes one person to tell you that you are ugly, and you will believe it.
She starts in a prison. Not a real prison, well not usually anyway, but a metaphorical kind. Maybe a marriage whose passions have faded, or maybe a small town where nothing happens, or overly protective parents.
Way over there is an ambition. Maybe true love, maybe the big city, or overthrowing the evil empire.
One day our girl breaks free. She runs for her life and she bumps into this guy. If she happens to be a princess, then he is literally the first guy she meets. They hate each other. They bicker. They spark. But they make each other laugh, and by a cruel twist of fate, they end up stuck together as they embark on a quest to reach her ambition.
At some point they stumble into a thrilling situation. A chase, a fight, an accident where the handbrake fails and the parked car rolls into a ditch. Something to set the heart racing.
Then they pause for breath. They talk. They learn they aren’t so different and under all the sparks and insults is something tender and sweet. Something good and warm.
When hope wears thin, and the ambition seems so far away, the guy convinces the girl to give it one last try. To take a chance. To hold his hand and know he will be there if she succeeds or fails. And in that moment, in that one look, that one kiss, nothing else matters.
T. E. Hodden trained in engineering, and works in the rail industry. He writes as a hobby, when he is not walking the Kent coast, looking for forgotten nooks and crannies of history and folklore.