You're on the crowded tube and suddenly your eyes meet those of a tall, dark and handsome stranger who's peering over a paper.
The gorgeous tube passenger seems to be interested in you too. But for some reason, neither of you have the courage to approach each other.
You carry on your fleeting glances and then suddenly, he gets off. It's his stop. The moment has passed and you're left in your crowded tube carriage, wondering whether he was the Prince Charming you've always dreamed of.
Lots of people experience these "missed connections" every day because they're too shy to make the first move.
James Coggs isn't normally shy in his work as a journalist, speaking to lots of strangers every day. But when it comes to the ladies, he can't seem to bite the bullet and make the first move.
Speaking of a recent "missed connection", he said: "Sometimes it's really difficult to make that first move. The other day, while out shopping, I found myself in the lift with a really cute woman.
"We caught each other's eye and I just knew there was something there, but there's no easy way to strike up conversation in a lift."
When James returned to his south-east London bachelor pad later that day ? alone ? he regretted the chance he had missed with the beautiful stranger.
He said: "I got home later and found myself asking what could have been."
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