Can I describe the condition of love as of ‘barnacles attaching to a ship’s bottom’? This is not the grand falling of one enchanted evening with her or him across a crowded room. No, it’s that gradual accumulative effect of liking aspects of a person, the familiarity of friendship which can eventually lead to full blown attraction. Probably the best way my character will think. Except this isn’t what was meant to happen. And their original meeting was on a station platform waiting for the train which had been delayed by an incident of the line.