The Things That Love Does by Amanda Saint

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Fact: Falling in love activates the same part of the brain as cocaine addiction.
So, you just have to accept it. I’m addicted to you.
It’s out of my control.
Fact: A 2011 study found that the brain patterns of longtime, happily married couples behave in much the same way as those of couples who have just fallen in love.
If you would just admit that you feel it too, we could have this amazing rush, this intimacy, this specialness, for a lifetime.
It would never fade away.
Not many people are that lucky.
You should stop fighting it now.
Fact: The oxytocin released during a hug works as a pain reliever.
I’m sorry I had to do that but you shouldn’t have tried to get away from me.
I know, I know. It hurts. It’s bleeding. Quite a lot.
Come here for a cuddle, it’ll make it feel better. Did you know that?
Talk to me.
Why won’t you talk to me?
Fact: People in long-term, committed relationships tend to live longer.
It’s your own fault.
If you’d just loved me back then this wouldn’t have happened. But I had to stop you from leaving.
It’s not my fault.
It’s just the things that love does.

Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint is the author of two novels, As If I Were A River (2016) and Remember Tomorrow (2019). Her short fiction collection, Flashes Of Colour, is coming in 2020. Amanda founded and runs Retreat West, providing writing competitions, courses and retreats, and Retreat West Books indie press, which publishes short fiction, novels and memoirs.

– Amanda’s other works –

Gooseberry – click here.
Tree Man – click here.
Sunflowers – click here.
The Pips Are Going – click here.
What I Know – click here.

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