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Persistence, a good attitude, and unwavering dedication can turn a unicorn into a reality – a friend and potentially even more.The first step is the hardest and the most important: make your presence known.Without being overbearing, casually invite your unicorn to something fun with a group of people.

Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, blonde or brunette, your unicorn has to know who you are.

This can be done by small and simple or even more extreme acts.

She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.

It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").

Now she was all by herself in a house secluded at the end of a long gravel driveway. At first, she just tiptoed around the many dating sites, window-shopping in this peculiar new marketplace. It wasn't until the fall that Amy was ready to dive in.

Later, when she puzzled over their relationship, she'd remember this. That had been a fateful move; it made everything easier for him. After the funeral, a grief counselor told her to make no sudden changes in her life for at least a year, and she followed that advice.

The picture — outdoor photo, big smile — was real, and recent.

And her pitch was straightforward: Looking for a life partner …

*Names have been changed to protect identities En español She wrote him first. In the summer, when the trees leafed out, you couldn't even see the road or the neighbors. She'd grown up here, in a conservative pocket of Virginia. When it came to meeting new people, however, her choices were limited. The holidays were coming, and she didn't want to face them alone.

A short message sent on a Thursday evening in early December 2013, under the subject line: Match? She signed up for a six-month subscription to Match.com, the largest and one of the oldest dating services on the Web.

They become someone so close to being a reality in our lives, but they’re so far out of reach that they don’t even know our names. A unicorn is someone beautiful, practically magical, but not yet ‘real’ in our lives.

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