By now, you might have seen — or heard about — the second season of the “Modern Love” TV series on Prime Video.

Seven of the eight episodes in this anthology series were inspired by a Modern Love essay, and one, “Strangers on a (Dublin) Train,” starring Kit Harington and Lucy Boynton, by a 99-word Tiny Love Story.

To celebrate our Tiny Love Stories, the 100-words-or-less pieces we consider “Modern Love in miniature,” we rounded up 10 of the most poignant, funny and poetic published submissions.

If you’re looking for even more, we also have a book.


We met on a train from Paris to Barcelona. Sitting next to one another, we argued over who could use the power outlet. “Désolé, je crois que c’est a moi.” (“Sorry, I think it’s mine.”) Instant crush. A perfect, flirtatious, six hours. The beginning of our love story? We agreed to meet back in Paris: On March 19, I’d wait for his train at the Gare de Lyon railway station. We didn’t know that coronavirus would confine us in different countries. Trusting in the power of the universe, we hadn’t exchanged mobile numbers. Sometimes, a romantic plan isn’t enough. — Cecilia Pesao (originally published on April 28, 2020)