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St. Valentine

During the month of February, dreamy-eyed girls often dot their I’s with little hearts, flower shops are overrun with frantic husbands, chocolates come in heart-shaped boxes, romance is everywhere, we hope, for everyone who wants it.  All thanks to St. Valentine who, I suspect, would not have recognized the day that bears his name.

But love is more than chocolates and flowers and dinner dates and passionate love affairs.

Bruce Lee (Yes, THAT Bruce Lee) said this:

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.  In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering.  As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”

Exactly.  

Consider “The Faerie and the Knight on Valentine’s Day” by Izabella Grace.  Old love.  Very old love.  Timeless love in modern-day London where the ancient Faerie and the aging Sir Magvelyn meet in the moonlight.

Also, “Love in the Time of Cthulhu” by Gary B. Phillips, in which Cassandra, a hopeful-virgin-sacrifice-speed-dater, knows just what to say to end up with the man, er, thing, of her dreams.

And from Matt Mikalatos, “Pranked by a Pixie” in which workaholic television producer, Grissom, gambles his reputation and his life on the promises of a faerie.

Enjoy!

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Meet the Author

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.

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1 Comment

  1. MeredithMickEugeneHunt
    February 2, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    “During the month of February, dreamy-eyed girls often replace dot their I’s with little hearts…”  Surely an incomplete edit.  [delete “replace” or “dot”]

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