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The Fortune Cookie Prophecy Part 2

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"Sorry." I said.
"You're ruled out by rule number two."
"Don," she said,
"you're crazy, and your silly rules are eliminating the girl you've been waiting for. But have it your way. Just take her name and phone number and when you change your mind, call her."

To get Karen to stop bothering me about it, I said I would. The girl's name was Susan Maready. I never called her.

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Just a couple of weeks later, I ran into my old buddy Tod in the university cafeteria. "Ted," I said.
"you look like you're walking on air."
"Can you see stars under my feet?" He said, laughing.
"The fact is, I just got engaged last night."
"Hey, congratulations!"
"Yeah," he said,
"at thirty-two, I was beginning to wonder if any woman was going to have me."
He pulled his wallet out of his pocket.
"Here," he said, suddenly serious,
"look at this."

It was a thin strip of paper from a fortune cookie.
"You will be married within a year." It said.
"That's wild." I said.
"They usually say something that would fit anyone, like 'You have a magnetic personality.' They were really taking a chance with that one."
"No kidding." He said.
"And look at me now."

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A few weeks later, my roommate Charlie and I were eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I shared this story about Ted's fortune cookie prediction and his subsequent engagement. Just then, the waiter brought over our post-meal fortune cookies. Charlie laughed at the coincidence as we opened our cookies.
Mine said, "You have a magnetic personality."
His said, "You or a close friend will be married within a year."
A chill ran up my spine. This was really strange. Something told me to ask Charlie if I could keep his fortune and he handed it to me with a smile.

Not long afterward, my classmate Brian said he wanted to introduce me to a young woman named Susan Maready. I was sure I'd heard that name before but couldn't remember how or where. Since Brian was married, and therefore I wouldn't be breaking my "rules" about being fixed up by single guys, I accepted his offer to meet Susan.

Susan and I spoke on the phone and planned a bike ride and a cookout.

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