Love, Loneliness, and a Mysterious Bedfellow — San Francisco, California

Hand-drawn heart with many colors by Christos Maravelis, 2019.
Heart by Christos Maravelis, 2019.

Many years ago, a mysterious bedfellow, a wild creature of the night, gave me a new perspective on love and loneliness. It was the day after Valentine’s Day. I came home in the morning to find little dots of mud in a circle on my pale blue duvet.

I had spent the previous night at a friend’s apartment. After a night out with college mates, my…