It was as if fate had tore them apart as quickly as it had brought them together.

The Daily Brailey
Apr 14 · 3 min read

One of the great modern romances has ended in tragedy today. Much like Baz Luhrmann’s film, Romeo & Juliet, two star-crossed lovers were torn apart by forces beyond their control. In the classic 1997 story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, it was feuding families that came between the couple and their romance eventually ended in suicide. Today, it was an accidental slip of the finger. By all accounts, just as devastating for those familiar with the popular dating app, Tinder.

Twenty-nine year old Joshua Robinson was on his regular subway commute home when he pulled out his phone and jumped on Tinder. His routine usually consisted of about 3–6 right swipes per 10 profiles. But today, he was struggling to find a single match and he fell into a zombie-like daze of left swipes. According to Josh, there must have been a fault in the app’s algorithm.

‘Yeah, there were a lot of mutts on there today, aye,’ he said shaking his head. ‘Tinder was having an off day for sure’. They reckon all the hottest chicks are on Bumble or some shit now, but I’m banned from that,’ he confessed, rolling his eyes, but not going into detail. ‘Then I caught a glimpse of this blonde. She was off the charts hot. Absolute stunner!’

What happened? I asked.

‘Bro, I was swiping left so fast, like just on auto-pilot or something and just didn’t realise in time.’

In case you’ve never used Tinder, if Josh would have swiped right rather than left he would have increased his chances of matching with his soul mate. The chances of now coming across her profile again are practically impossible.

‘Her profile pic was hot as,’ he says with nostalgia. ‘She was in a yellow bikini standing in knee-deep water, and like, half-turning towards the camera. She had a mad tan man. I fucked up, huh? It was all over in a split second bro. What could’ve been. What could’ve been.’

Even though Josh had only caught a glimpse of the mysterious girl’s profile for a second, he seemed to have taken in an incredible amount of detail about her appearance from the image. Yet somehow, he hadn’t managed to catch her name. At least, not for certain.

‘Pretty sure her name was Natalie or Nada. Actually, I think it was Natasha, yeah. Definitely started with an N––for sure,’ he said. ‘You know what, it could’ve been Jess or Jade. Fuck, I don’t know,’ he continued cursing himself. ‘She had a mad rack though! That I can tell ya. Fake titties I reckon.’

It’s difficult to imagine what it must feel like to have fallen so hard and fast for someone, only to lose them in an instant. But these are the times we’re living in. Love is fleeting. I couldn’t help but feel for Josh. He had been using the app for two and a half years now. He’d been on a few dates, sure, but had never truly connected with someone like he had this time around with Natalie or Nada, Natasha or Jess or Jade. This was deeper than the names our parents give us.

‘Yeah, she was defs the one my man. 100%. She had a mad rack.’

Although Josh was clearly heartbroken, he wasn’t giving up hope. Just like the character of Romeo from the Baz Lurhmann film, Josh was persistent and had his heart set on pursuing the girl of his dreams, no matter what he had to sacrifice. Yes, even if it meant going over his monthly data allowance.

Josh re-opened Tinder and began swiping away. But this time, carefully. He wasn’t going to take any chances. This time, he was going swipe right every time.

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