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A static electric charge is created whenever two surfaces come into contact and separate.

She saw him, before he saw her.

She put on her new year’s gift to herself of fire engine red lipstick and beeped her horn.

He looked up.

“Here goes.”

She waved to him and leaned forward kissing her car window.

He smiled and before he could come over another car began waiting for his spot at the gas pump.

He motioned for her to wait.

Neither saw the spark.

She remembered thinking how odd to see real life become a slow motion mingling of orange and yellow.

She never met anyone with such potential again.