"I believe we were related in a past life,"
the message on OKCupid said.
"In fact, last night I had a dream about you."
"We were in the park, sitting together. Your dog was playing beside us.
'Become mine,' I said.
'Abandon your doubt, willingly, if you can. Abandon your need to run away, to get into the car and drive, to declare yourself unlovable.'"
"Ask yourself the difficult questions about your nature and who you are underneath all the skin and moles, the makeup slathered onto your eyelids, sunken into pores so deep that you may never wash it away."
"Forgo the urge to protect yourself. Succumb to this primal, primeval urge instead. You've been protecting something inside yourself all day, haven't you?
Aren't you tired?"
"Your eyes seek out something in the rooms of earth, something you cannot describe; some feeling of completeness, don't they?
"You can feel it now, can't you?"
"Give me your soft hands and gentle voice. Give me your heart.
You have to accept this uncertainty to transform from what once was to what will be.
You have to let me in.
You do want things to change, don't you?"
"Then let's leave."