Write a short story using as many literary clichés as possible.

She stood in front of me as beautiful as the day is long, sending a shiver down my spine. I had fallen head over heels in love with her. However the writing was on the wall, I had always been a glass half empty kind of guy and there was no way in a million years she would ever feel the same.

She had packed her bags and stood at the terminal, merely a stones throw away from me, but I couldn’t pluck up the courage to let her know I loved her. Perhaps it was written in the stars and this is how it was meant to be. If it’s true that it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, then I guess I’m just a fool in love.

Perhaps I was barking up the wrong tree, a girl like that would never love a guy like me. I was stuck between a rock and a hard place, biting my tongue.

Then it hit me – I was head over heels in love with her and couldn’t let her go. It’s now or never I told myself. I had to make a last ditch effort to persuade her to stay.

I laid my cards on the table to her, told her how I felt and asked her to look into her heart. I knew it was a long shot, but in for a penny in for a pound…
‘Just in the nick of time’ she said.

I know all that glitters isn’t gold, but surely it was better to have jumped in at the deep end than to live a life in regret? Will we live happily ever after? Only time will tell.

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