When passion turns into possession.
Romantic love is fickle. It can be warm and protective. It can also be insecure and demanding. Ah, seduced by the sweet sides of love.
“I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.” -Rae Carson
When love blooms just right the bond is intoxicating. Conjoined in a mutual alliance that blankets like a continual hug. Basking in emotional security and physical delight.
When two people come together they are making a conscious decision to align. They become significant to each other. When they decide to sear it together with commitment then the tie tightens.
It starts out a beautiful partnership.
Eventually the cords of connections start to feel like shackles. The passion is still there. The feelings are stronger than ever but amid the sweet taste of adoration is also resentment, jealousy, anger and control.
By this time the emotional intimacy is at an all time high. You know each others secrets. You know which buttons to push. You know their fears and vulnerabilities.
The once seemingly unbreakable bond is showing cracks. Insecurity and distrust seeps in. Dismantling the blanket of security that once was a staple in the connection. No one feels safe anymore.
Despite what once was beautiful is now ugly the ties are still there. No one wants to cut the cord. Fighting the need to obsess and possess.
Things turn toxic propelled by jealousy and fear. Angered that what was once sweet is now bitter. Fearful that what was once yours may soon belong to someone else.
Love is fickle. Steered by emotions and feelings that can change with circumstances and time because people grow. The lucky few grow together. The rest end up starting over. Ah, yes, love is a fickle thing.
“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.” -A.S. Byatt
This story is published in Romance Monsters, a new Medium publication that focuses on changing the way we look at romance by breaking the stigma and being real about love.
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