What happens after the meet cute? The story might be between the pages of a book…
When I went walking with my BFF in New York City, we came across a street vendor selling used books. For the bargain price of $3, I got a gently used, gifted copy of Illusions, my favorite Richard Bach book of all times. (The vendor didn’t realize, I would have paid twice that!) Inside the cover, the first purchaser, Paul, had written these words, To Holly, Artist, Spiritualist, Adventurer, Dreamer.
Wow, right? It makes me wonder what my husband would write? Cook, Writer, Dog Walker, Bill Payer? Maybe not, but to have a man see you as a muse? They must have been deeply in love.
So, why was this book on a street vendor’s table? What had happened between Paul and Holly? Had she been swept away in a typhoon on one of their adventures? Or was the truth less fictional, Paul and Holly had drifted apart.
See, from a chance purchase of a book I’d loved as a teen, I’m down the path for the story. Looking for a happy ever after for Paul and Holly. But no, if one or both of them are reading this love story, they can’t have the book back.
What item have you come across that has spurred a story that you need to write someday?