Some people find their other halves even when they are not looking.
For one Taiwanese man named Ya Chao, his love story began on a plane ride home after he was fired from his job.
After chatting with the female passenger next to him, Ya Chao took a liking to her. When the plane hit turbulence, and two started holding hands.
And the rest is a Facebook post.
Uploaded on July 5, Ya Chao's story has since gotten over 3,300 shares.
Here's a translation of it:
"You may not believe it even if I tell you...
We really met on the plane
Let me tell you what happened
I saw her after boarding the plane
A girl running around with so many bags, just like a 'melon' (term of affection)
I sat near the aisle
But this melon with her bags got the window seat
I was thinking... this tiny girl of about 155cm
Will she manage to stow her luggage away?
I looked at her briefly
But it looked like she didn't intend to put her luggage in the overhead compartment. Forget it, don't need to think so much
Five seconds later
"Hi would you mind helping me with the luggage?"
I turned to look at her and smiled, "Of course"
As expected, I helped her with her things
Our story began
She took out some cherries and offered them to me
Perhaps she wanted to thank me for helping with the luggage
I actually wanted to ask if she would like some candy that I had bought
But she was eating the cherries and asking if I wanted some
It didn't seem like a good idea to offer her candy
So we started eating the cherries together
After some time I asked her
"Are you a tourist? Where do you intend to go?"
She said Taipei Station
I thought to myself, "It's the same way"
So I said, "Why don't we travel together?"
And so we started talking more
About work, movies, hobbies, and much more
My job involves games
She's not familiar with games, and didn't really seem to understand me
But her English was very good
I didn't know English, and was lost upon hearing it
She's a mainlander, from Chongqing
She likes to visit countries and go on adventures
She's been to many places and cities, but it's her first time to Taiwan
Besides exploring Taiwan, she's also here to take her IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
I was very surprised. Her English would need to be very good to undergo the test
No wonder she could travel so widely
There was a seat between us, hindering the conversation
But she later changed seats to sit beside me
I asked where she wanted to go in Taiwan
She told me seriously
To put her luggage and sleep at Taipei Station for the night
Set out for Hualien at 7am in the morning
Go to Jiufen for some taro once she's tired
Then head to Kending for the ocean view after
The rational side of me tells me
She's got an intellectual disability for sure
She's here to have fun
So she doesn't know how hectic it will be
I thought badly of her
And I won't take her as someone who's crazy
But I helped her to understand Taiwan's geography instead
And told her what's wrong with her plan
The plane ride was only a few hours
And we talked about everything under the sun
But we hit turbulence
The plane was very jerky
There was silence, but I suddenly felt something and turned to look at her
No, I mean stare at her
Yes, I had an outrageous thought
It seemed like she felt it too
She suddenly said she's tired, and without saying anything
Put on her eye mask, reclined her seat, and slept
But during to the turbulence
We had started holding hands
Both of us had sweaty palms
Almost telling each other that
We didn't dare to believe what we were doing at that very moment
When we first felt the bumps
I held her hand tightly and reassured her
I didn't know why, I suddenly had the urge, deep down, to protect her
After we got off the plane
I asked the melon, "You didn't bring any pork right..."
She said no, and we walked slowly
But when we were almost entering [ Taiwan]
She got stopped for carrying fruits
And I recalled the cherries
And wondered where she had gotten them from
When the customs officer said they were going to throw the fruits away
She was reluctant and ate three cherries before they did
And so we witnessed
The cherries arriving at their destination
But who would have thought ??️?️
She had also left her travelling pass with her luggage and checked it in
... I was speechless
Maybe it was fate
I went out first to retrieve her luggage
Got the documents and told the airport staff
That a melon from the mainland had forgotten all her documents
And asked for help to deliver these documents to the girl with pink hair
Who is using her phone
When we finally arrived
I brought her to buy a travel card and a drink from 7-Eleven
And got on the train to Taipei
And along the way, we talked about many things, including our life experience
We only knew each other for one day
But it felt like we've known each other for many years
In the end we got together
Because of one plane ride
And I almost forgot
It was because I got fired by the damn company
That I got on this flight home
This is our love story that happened the day before yesterday"
Here are more photos of the couple:
Top image via 亞朝/Facebook
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