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Lost Letter Reunites Lovers

Two former lovers reunited in a passionate airport scene straight out of a movie or storybook -- thanks to the discovery of a letter that had been lost for a decade. Steve Smith, of Devon in southwest England, and Spaniard Carmen Ruiz-Perez, both 42, were married on July 17, 2009.

The couple met 17 years ago when Ruiz-Perez was an exchange student in Devon and became engaged shortly thereafter. They separated when Ruiz-Perez departed for Paris to manage a store.

Smith wrote a letter to her in Paris, but she had moved and the letter came back. Determined to mend their relationship, he wrote again, this time sending the letter to her mother's house in Spain. Unfortunately, the letter was placed on a mantelpiece, and then fell behind the fireplace. It wasn't until 10 years later that workmen doing renovations found the envelope.

"When I got the letter I didn't phone Steve right away because I was so nervous," Ruiz-Perez told the BBC. "I nearly didn't phone him at all. I kept picking up the phone then putting it down again. But I knew I had to make the call." A few days after she called, the couple met in Paris.

"When we met again it was like a film. We ran across the airport into each other's arms," said Smith. "I'm just glad the letter did eventually end up where it was supposed to be."



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