Why it may be Best to Avoid True Love

He was certain she had exhibited pure craft and cunning, luring him into her web of lies. She’d never possessed one ounce of love for him, despite all of her convincing performances, her repeated manifestations that had all but assured him otherwise.

He was sure that she’d been playing him all along. He’d tried every way he knew to confess the depth of his love to her when they’d last met. In return, she’d mutely sat there, staring at him, almost imperceptibly nodding, though never uttering a word in return.

He’d stewed over it for weeks now, until he’d finally mustered enough anger from within that he was ready to confront – maybe demoralize – her.


She knew why she hadn’t heard from him. What she didn’t understand was why she couldn’t bring herself to send him all the words she’d written from deep within her heart – the ones that acknowledged her undying love for him.

Her mind had rehashed that night many times over. Awkwardly, in the midst of all his shared frustrations, he’d worked in his true feelings for her. After all this time. But he’d also worked in his feelings for another – how he’d felt torn over a decision he would be faced to make; how he was being pressured to marry another.

All the love she’d held inside that had been bottled up for so long, swelling with joy at his earlier utterances, suddenly felt as ripe as an over-filled water balloon. The cork that had held all that pressure – so tightly, for so long – refused to release, refused to allow her to declare the words she’d long wanted to say.

Her heart raced…and then it ran away. It had been shredded too many times before to bear yet another assault.


So as their paths crossed this final time, the result was an unfortunate collision.


Sometimes, the truest kind of love is the craftiest and most cunning of them all…

leaving no survivors in its wake.



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CRAFT (noun) (3rd definition)
:  skill in planning, making, or executing :  dexterity

2 a :  an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill <the carpenter’s craft> <the craft of writing plays> <crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing>

plural :  articles made by craftspeople <a store selling crafts> <a crafts fair>

:  skill in deceiving to gain an end <used craft and guile to close the deal>

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19 thoughts on “Why it may be Best to Avoid True Love

  1. I loved the double perspective and the brutal truth for the woman, especially this line, which I think is an under expressed reality as unhappy ending often are: Her heart raced…and then it ran away. It had been shredded too many times before to bear yet another assault.

  2. You have said it so well Jody-yes,love in its truest form is the trickiest of them all-to walk the crooked pathways of the heart ,without stumbling and falling,is a tough call!Loved the voices here-the inner conflict is beautifully executed 🙂

  3. This is so sad, but so realistic. Only if these two people knew how to express their feelings at the appropriate times! But you have expressed their predicament successfully. 🙂

    • Thank you for your affirmation that I was able to offer something “real.” Though a regretful situation, I’m glad to know I’m not alone in feeling my characters’ “frustration & pain.”

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