I’m a pushover for finding oddball connections. I like them. I thrive on those coincidences that make for good conversation fodder. I believe in meant to be and help from above. And when weird coincidences occur in life, it often doesn’t surprise me.
I’ve worked with someone for over a decade. Once a year, we smile and say, “Have a good birthday” to each other. The thirteenth time we did this, those warm wishes led to a strange chat. What!? Born the same year, the same time of day, in the same city? We also lived around the corner from each other and had met as little girls. Weird, huh?
A chance accident, an event that smacks of a twist of fate, a happenstance that’s a total fluke! Aren’t these weird? Do they make your flesh crawl with a tingle that starts somewhere in your gut and works its way up? Whether your eyes grow wide or narrow when such freaky moments occur, the premise is the same. And it hits you like a knock out punch while eerie music plays in your head.
Something ever happen to you by chance in a truly remarkable way? What about an unexpected, unplanned twist? Call it karma, the fickle finger of fate, destiny… Nah. Just call it a weird coincidence.
The premise is so one in a million that it’s downright freaky. And destiny can wink at you anywhere, at any time. But if it’s thousands of miles away as you crawl into a remote Scottish castle, the sole survivor of a tour bus’s plunge into a yawning ravine, and the person who scrapes you off the floor is your long-lost first love, you’ve got another weird one on your hands and not a bad beginning of a love story.
Twists of fate create goosebumps when the situation is way beyond normal. Deja-vu, anyone? Now that’s an interesting topic. Dreaming something before it actually takes place? See? Another weird coincidence! I love them.
One night, I slammed on the brakes in the middle of a dark road as a huge buck jumped the hood of my car instead of ending up as road kill and with me having a smashed up front end. This really happened. No lie. My daughter stared at me for a full minute before asking, “Uh… it came out of nowhere, so like, how did you know?” Maybe an angel on my shoulder—or possibly possessing my right foot? Call it good karma or incredible luck, it’s another weird coincidence.
This is the Black Rose Blog, so let’s face it. Creepy happenings and weird circumstances ring our bells. The imagination takes over and since ours are overactive anyway, we run with these things. After all, we’re the writers who build fictitious worlds and give our heroes fangs, fur, or immortality. They shift, glow, glamour, curse (in the evil sense), morph, breathe fire or just plain make Superman look like a wuss. Dragons talk to us and those mythical muses either grace us or punish us.
In our paranormal tales of serendipitous passion, weird lashes the heartstrings of the hero and heroine together. We use out of the ordinary to stretch real, human emotions. In the spirit of Halloween and all that goes bump in the night, let’s celebrate the creepy coincidences that make the skin crawl.
I’ll leave you with one more weird coincidence, just because I tend to ramble and it’s really a weird one. My favorite aunt passed on while a good friend and I were taking Saturday classes. Ro and I had worked together on two advanced degrees for almost four years. I wasn't feeling well and the doctor ordered a complete blood work up. Ro promised to save me a seat and take voracious notes. I’d get to class as soon as I left the lab assigned by my medical insurance. Arriving for the yucky blood-taking early, only one seat remained next to a woman that looked exactly like my deceased aunt. We talked about family, school, and my hard-to-find floating veins. Then she proudly mentioned her niece...who took Saturday classes. My eyes narrowed. An eerie, diminished chord did a quick crescendo up my spine. I asked one question as the tingles totally buzzed. Yep. You guessed it. Her niece was my good friend Ro, the one taking notes and saving my seat.
Come on. Share a weird coincidence. I know you have one.
~ M. Flagg
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