Fate and destiny are common themes in romance stories. We all love the idea of a “soulmate,” someone we are meant to be with, that person who is perfect just for us. Even when the road gets rocky, seeing two characters that are “meant to be” overcome all obstacles in their path is both wonderful and satisfying.
A great example of the twists and turns of fate is Meteor Prince by Meca Tanaka. This two-volume manga series follows Hako – known as the “Queen of Bad Luck” to her classmates because of all the accidents that happen around her – as a naked alien prince falls out of the sky, claiming to be her soulmate! As it turns out, he’s not really her match – it was her extremely bad luck that “pulled” him off his path to his destined partner and onto Earth. But despite everything that goes wrong for these two – from the arrival of the prince's true soulmate to the interference of his younger brother – they not only fall in love, but find a way to make it work ?.
In this story, a fateful “accident” is what caused Hako and Io (the alien prince) to cross paths – similar to Emer’s encounter with a stray bullet in The Heart of Everything. Not only did destiny draw them together initially, but they chose to love one another despite their differences and realizing that they were not meant to be. Fate brought them together, and they made the choice to alter their destinies in order to keep it that way – not unlike Emer’s choice at the end of my own story.
Unlike Meteor Prince, however, I like to combine fate with faith. What appears to be “destiny” on the surface is really the will of God underneath. After all, nothing happens on this earth without God’s permission, though we may not realize it at the time. I believe that fateful accidents or coincidences are actually a part of a plan that’s been in place since the beginning of time – we just have to take a step back in order to see it. In The Heart of Everything we see Emer’s “accident” turn out to be divine intervention, and how a series of events spanning over a millennium can be used to bring about salvation.
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