These True Love Stories Will Leave You In A Fetal Position On The Floor

Growing up, many of us learned that True Love involves dragons and princesses and epic battles and happily ever afters. But the real world just doesn't work that way, which is probably for the best — dragons cause a lot of damage.

Instead, true love IRL looks more like your partner surprising you with freshly baked cookies or cleaning the bathtub so you can relax. Instead of epic battles with evil sorcerers, we have epically bad Tinder dates. And after too many of those, it can start to feel like love is a lie. But never fear, because love is real, and we've rounded up some real-life stories to prove it.

Remember, of course, that love isn't always romantic. Some of these stories talk about romantic love, but some are also about friendship. Ahead, read the true stories that'll make you believe in love again.

I guess I loved him about five minutes in.

"I knew my boyfriend would become an important part of my life the moment he burst into the bar on our first date. I guess I loved him about five minutes in. I recognised how profoundly special he was, though, about four months in, during my first-ever panic attack. I had just graduated from college and felt the whole world was flaking apart in front of me. So I called him and he stepped out of a party and calmed me down in a way that no one else had been able to. Then that whole weekend he took care of me, and let me wallow but not too much. We went to a cafe and he watched as I ate each bite of oatmeal. We hadn't been dating for long at that point, but that was when I knew he was my guy." -Elena, 23

Getting the duck back into its cage was truly a bonding experience.

"In high school, a friend of mine had to ducksit (yes, a real, live duck), so she asked me and another friend to stay over and help her out. Don't ask why, but one of our tasks was to wash this full-size duck — with no instructions provided. I won't go into the details, but picture a duck escaping a kitchen sink and loudly squawking at three people armed with oven mitts and wooden spoons, and you've got a pretty good idea of how it went. Getting the duck back into its cage was truly a bonding experience for the three of us and, a decade later, our love for each other is still evident in our extreme dislike of birds." -Meredith, 25

He likes to tell people I threw my shoe at him!

"My fiancé and I met the first week at Syracuse University. We were all in the floor lounge playing Rock Band when he came and stood in front of me by accident. I didn't know his name so I kicked my flip flop at him. (He likes to tell people I threw my shoe at him!) We introduced ourselves and began to hang out. He kissed me a week from when school began, and now we're getting married exactly 10 years from the date of our first kiss (2nd September 2018)." -Sierra, 27

He was there, in the kitchen, baking chocolate chip cookies.

"After we had been broken up for a while, my then-ex-boyfriend (now husband) surprised me at college on Valentine's Day. He drove from Connecticut to upstate New York, and when I got back to my apartment after class, he was there, in the kitchen, baking chocolate chip cookies." -Lisa, 37

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