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Was it a missed connection? Or just a total miss?
Boy meets girl on train. Boy takes selfie with girl. Boy doesn’t ask for girl’s contact info. Boy starts social media hunt to find her.
The latest example of this classic story structure comes from an Englishman named Angus Mainland. The 19-year-old was riding a train to see his favorite (“favourite”) soccer (“football”) team play, when he met the girl of his dreams.
At first, it seemed like they were on the 12:45 express train to LoveTown.
But despite making this social media declaration of matrimony, Mainland did not get the young woman’s contact info. It seemed their love story was doomed to be brief—until Mainland called in the Twitter sleuths.
After his plea was retweeted nearly 5,500 times, Maria Betania, the young woman from the train, came forward.
Thank you to everyone who retweeted! You can call of the search, I’ve found her and am talking to her! She’s taken it very well!
— Angus Mainland (@Angus66Mainland) January 26, 2015
“I saw him and he saw me and my initial thoughts were that he had cute eyes,” Betania told the Telegraph. “He asked if he could take a selfie with me and I said ‘Why not?’ His friend asked if he could also take a picture with me and Angus said he couldn’t, as I was his ‘wife.’”
“She found it quite funny, and then I said ‘Here’s my number, let me know if you’d like to go for a drink,’” Mainland told The Croydon Advertiser.
But even after Mainland went to all that trouble, the two have yet to set a date.
Let this serve as a reminder to all you prospective Romeos out there: Even if you make a grand gesture to win over the supposed woman of your dreams, it’s still possible that she’s just not that into you.
Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.