Steve’s throat swelled with tension as the intimacy of the moment became more tangible. He moved his eyes from the dark, reflective river, to the dark, reflective pupils in Diane’s eyes. They seemed to quiver with tenderness – but then they would grow distant. He found himself continually surprised at the “aliveness” of the person standing just a foot away from him now. She wasn’t inanimate: she would flinch if he pinched her, and answer if he asked her. And she was beautiful.” — From “The Grand Unified Story” — a short story in Zack Love’s Stories and Scripts: an Anthology
Night had fallen, and Diane admired the deep sky behind Steve’s calm countenance. They looked into each other’s eyes again and felt the spark and excitement of discovery. As if to celebrate the perfect, life-enabling distance of the earth from the sun, Diane and Steve kissed again.””-The Grand Unified Story (a Short Story) from Stories and Scripts: an Anthology
I don’t know what falling in love for me is. The concept of romantic love arose in the Middle Ages. Now remember, the Arabs don’t even have a word for love—that is, a word for love apart from physical attraction or sex. And this separation of love and sex is a western concept, a Christian concept. As to what falling in love means, I’m uncertain. Love, well, it means simply physical attraction and liking a person at the same time.