Who Am I to Judge Someone Else’s Love Story?

Buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through people’s hearts shared from around the world.

KL Simmons
8 min readFeb 10, 2024


Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday because I’ve chosen to celebrate love in its seemingly endless shapes and forms since I was a teenager.

I saw beyond the romantic implications and chose to elevate the holiday long before Galentine’s Day became a thing.

My mom has been single most of my life. I loved surprising her with thoughtful gifts on Valentine’s Day. As I grew older, I started giving friends and even their family members tokens of my affection because I enjoyed it immensely!

I have since calmed down on gift-giving and send loving texts or letters instead. However, this year, I’ve decided to send those closest to me a story, one of the following love stories.

Each one of these love stories has been submitted to The Narrative Arc for their LOVE IS LOVE competition:

And we’re celebrating all kinds — romantic, coming out love stories, after divorce, teenage love stories, polyamorous stories, platonic, love between friends, love between family members. Your story needs to include the word “love” at least once.



KL Simmons

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