CREDOS:Two Coins — II

She told us that you throw one coin in the fountain to return to Rome, two coins to find true love. “I have spent a fortune. I throw two coins in every time I pass, but it is an investment. I know it will work!” We laughed at that letter; same old Andrea, still the same big dreams! One beautiful, sunny Roman morning, Andrea took Pier Luigi out early, and they came to the Trevi Fountain. Andrea could not pass it by without throwing in her two coins, so they went down the steps and she threw in her coins.

She glanced up and two very handsome young men were watching her. The taller of the two asked her, “You weesh to return very much, eef you throw in two coins no?” Andrea looked at this gorgeous young man, his hair a light gold brown, but his face somehow very Italian. “One is to return to Rome, two is for love!”

They both smiled and walked over to her, and the one who had spoken introduced himself. Marcello continued to study her smiling as he asked, “So you want to find true love, here on your vacation?”

“I live in Rome. I love Rome and I have always dreamed of falling in love with someone here. I am sure it will happen,” she beamed at him. He kept smiling at her and asked where she came from, and the four of them ended up having coffee together in a little café. Whatever she said at that first meeting, he seemed to be really taken with her and asked if she would go out with him.

Andrea met Marcello the next evening and asked him what he did for a living. It turned out that he played for Roma FC, the football team. Not only did he play for them, he was one of their star players. Andrea’s Marcello was a very famous and much admired young man throughout Italy because he played for the national side as well. —