A butterfly flaps its wings over a flower. Air currents are set in motion. Halfway around the world, a few weeks later, a hurricane takes shape and sweeps across the seas.
A nail goes missing. The shoe it is on, the soldier wearing the shoe and the battle formation hinging on the soldier fall out of place. A kingdom is lost.
In the world of dramas and in real life, the element of serendipity can play a tremendous role in shaping people’s romantic destinies. A girl chances upon her future sweetheart among courtyard plum blossoms in a period drama. A random painting reunites a pair of lovers in a soap opera. Amnesia forces another pair apart in a second soap opera just to bring a third pair together. You were in a beginner language class when your instructor called in sick one day; the school decided to offer you a place in an intermediate class instead, which you surprisingly excelled at and stayed on to develop a bond with a new classmate, who became your wife. It was lunch hour, but the stack of papers on your in-tray was almost up to your neck, so you decided to grab a quick takeaway sandwich on the other side of the street instead of the usual noodle salad down your block; an old acquaintance you had not seen for years made the opposite choice; you ran into each other, sparks flew, and a year later, the two of you are now walking down the aisle together.