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  • Writer's pictureRobert Hightower

Love at first stop

David had always been a hopeless romantic. He had spent years searching for the perfect woman but had never entirely found what he was looking for. That is, until one fateful day on the BART train. David was on his way to work, lost in his thoughts when he saw her. She was standing by the doors, a book in her hands, and David was struck by her beauty. He couldn't take his eyes off her. As luck would have it, the train stopped suddenly, causing David to stumble and almost fall. The woman looked up, concerned, and asked if he was okay. David flustered and embarrassed, could only manage a nod. But that brief interaction was enough to pique the woman's interest. As they rode the train together, they struck up a conversation.

David found that he had so much in common with her: they loved to read, were both passionate about the environment, and shared a love of hiking. As the train ride came to an end, David knew that he had to see her again. He asked for her number, and to his surprise, she gave it to him. Over the next few weeks, David and the woman, whose name was Emily, talked and texted constantly. They went on hikes, visited museums, and took a cooking class together. David had never felt such a connection with anyone before and knew he was falling in love. But as with all great love stories, there were obstacles to overcome.

Emily was leaving for a three-month trip to Europe, and David worried their connection wouldn't survive the distance. But Emily reassured him that she was committed to making it work. They talked every day, even when she was in different time zones. They sent each other pictures and videos, and David felt like he was a part of her journey even though he was thousands of miles away. When Emily returned from Europe, David met her at the airport with a bouquet of flowers. They hugged for what felt like forever, and David knew that he never wanted to let her go. The years passed, and David and Emily's love only grew stronger. They moved in together, adopted a dog, and started to build a life together. And while David knew that he had been lucky to meet Emily on that fateful day on the BART train, he also knew that their love was something that they had worked hard to build and nurture. Looking back, David realized that sometimes love can be found in unexpected places. All it took was a little bit of luck, a lot of courage, and the willingness to take a chance. And for David and Emily, it had all started on a BART train.

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