LOVE IS LOVE | THE NARRATIVE ARC

How My Greatest Love Story Came Through Countless Betrayals

Loving others was nothing like I had pictured as a child, but I have learned volumes along the way.

KL Simmons
The Narrative Arc
Published in
5 min readFeb 7, 2024

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Profile of a woman with her arms wrapped around a tree while kissing the tree. Her eyes are closed.
I am more than a tree hugger. Photo by author.

Growing up, my cousin and my brother were my sunshine on a cloudy day. They didn’t feel the same about me, but I didn’t care, at least not then.

My mom raised me to be religious and tried to instill certain values in me. I was taught to turn the other cheek, treat others as I wanted to be treated, and love unconditionally, especially those who didn’t deserve it.

I wanted to be as holy as Christ, Mother Teresa, Ghandi, and the Buddha. Lord knows I tried…but continuously fell short.

The Princess Bride, first the movie, then the book, introduced me to the idea of “true love.” I couldn’t get enough of it, particularly Wesley, with his delectable British accent that I lapped up.

How I longed for him, or anyone comparable, to rescue me from the dreary and depressing reality in which I lived.

From the time I could walk, I danced and frequently imagined that I was dancing with my true love, twirling as he twirled me around him.

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KL Simmons
The Narrative Arc

Seeking improvement as a writer and human. Email: KLSimmons.medium@gmail.com. Owner of the publications: Taking Off, Pure Fiction and Interracial Relations.