Does love at first sight exist?
I knew from the moment I met my husband that he would be the man I marry and have children with. But before I met him, I was a non-believer. In fact when I think back to previous relationships, I remember being worried that I would never find The One because I couldn’t see myself settling down. Then I met Rich and realised that you can fall in love with someone before you’ve even met them. Let me explain…
I always wanted to get married, start a family, and be a housewife. I wanted to spend my days writing stories and becoming a best-selling author. I fell in love easily – I said those three words to almost every single boyfriend I ever had, and at the time I meant it. A few weeks later though, and either they cheated or I got bored. When I was 18, I joined the RAF. It didn’t last very long and I discharged myself before even passing out. But I did meet ‘M’ and yes, I fell in love. But he lived on the other side of the country to me. Texting and phoning was expensive, so we started using chatrooms and MSN messenger (for those under the age of 25, this is what we did before Facebook and Twitter). It was in one of these that I started talking to this random bloke. He was bored and killing time, I was waiting for ‘M’ to come online.
A few weeks passed, and ‘M’ and I split up. Not long after that, I left home and moved into a flat without an internet connection. But I still wanted to stay in contact with Rich – so we did this strange thing. We swapped addresses and started writing letters to each other. We became pen pals!
Rich kept asking to meet me IRL, but I wasn’t keen on that. What if he was a mad axe murderer?! Then, after 2 years, I gave in.
On 19 April 2003, I was working in a vet surgery in Lincoln and living in the flat above it. It was a Saturday, and I was on-call along with a receptionist and the vet. I agreed that I would meet Rich, but I didn’t expect him to actually turn up. But he did. And I fell in love. I left my flat, my job, and all the securities I had behind, and in the July moved down to Somerset to be with him. It was a risk, especially as I was terrified that it wouldn’t work out. I mean, I’d fallen in love several times before, so why would this relationship be any different?
But it did work out, and we’re still together. Over the years I’ve come to realise that love at first sight does exist. Not only that, but that I fell in love with Rich’s personality long before we met. And it was this experience that I called on when I wrote for Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights series, creating One Night in Edinburgh.
Chloe Shade has travelled to Edinburgh to meet up with a potential client, and has just twenty-four hours to convince them to sign her contract. But when she meets the delicious Ethan, he proves to be so much more than an enticing distraction. It’s not long before Chloe has some life changing decisions to make, and less than a day to make them.
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British author, Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.
Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.
During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.
Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers Group.