Kevin Walsh was about to commit suicide.
Walsh, then a 17-year-old high school senior in Chicago, said he was experiencing an “earth-shattering” depression at that time, brought on from feelings of isolation and loneliness, according to PEOPLE.
So there he was, just seconds away from ending his own life.
Then his phone rang; it was a random number.
“I thought, if there’s a semblance of eternity, I cannot spend it wondering who was on the other end of that phone call,” Kevin said to PEOPLE. “When I picked up and heard the voice, I knew it was her.”
It was Blake, a girl he developed feelings for at 13 when they met at a summer camp.
“[T]he prettiest girl I'd ever seen walked right up to me and said ‘black is a good color on you.’ No idea why,” Kevin wrote on Quora that went viral. “We chatted and became friends, exchanged AIM screen names (it was the time) and stayed in touch for a while.”
But the pair eventually stopped chatting — and hadn’t spoken to each other in over a year when Blake called Kevin out of the blue.
Blake “just felt like she had to call me,” Kevin wrote. “Long story short, she pried, I spilled the beans and she talked me out of it. I mean she literally said ‘What? Don't do that.’ And that was that.
“She made me promise to call her the next day, and we hung up. That night I started writing the words which, ten years later, I'd propose with.”
Kevin proposed to Blake in April 2016 with a black diamond, a reference to Blake’s comment that brought the two together, according to PEOPLE.
Five months later, they became husband and wife.
However, Blake’s version of the story is a bit different. To hear Blake tell it, Kevin called her the night he planned to kill himself, according to Yahoo. But Kevin denies that, saying it wasn’t possible because he didn’t have her phone number.
But Kevin also doesn’t know how Blake called him. After all, it had been over a year since the two had talked on that fateful night, and Kevin said he never gave his future wife his new phone number.
For Blake, it doesn’t matter how the two met — only that they’re together now.
“I think both of our recollections are true,” Blake said to PEOPLE. “A force must have intervened to connect us and make it happen.”