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The Colors of Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Red is the color I turned when Mark Adams first kissed me on the cheek. I said I most certainly did not like him, and he said he could prove I was lying. He knew a special test. By changing colors I failed the test, and he couldn’t stop laughing.

Orange was the color of our fingertips when we finished a family-sized bag of Cheetos. We stayed up all night watching “Star Wars” movies. Mark couldn’t believe I’d never seen a George Lucas film. We didn’t eat popcorn because he had lost his popcorn-popping privileges. He didn’t tell me why; he just said it was a dark day in the Adams household.

Yellow daffodils were pushing up from the ground when he took me to the park, saying we must “celebrate spring.” He brought an enormous red kite, the kind that has a tail with ribbons. As we sat in the grass, he undid the sun-colored ribbon in my brown hair, adding it to the tail of the kite. We ran all around the park to keep our kite flying, the ribbons waving.

Green was the color of Mark’s face after we rode the biggest roller coaster in the amusement park. He’s afraid of them, but he rode it anyway to prove that he was “man enough,” I guess. When the ride was over, he dashed to the nearest trash can, emptying his stomach. So much for manhood. I couldn’t stop laughing. That is, until he said if I didn’t stop, he’d kiss me on the mouth. Barf kiss: gross!

Blue envelopes are tied up with string in a shoebox under my bed. Love letters Mark left in my locker, signed, “Your secret admirer, Mark.” I told him signing his name defeated the purpose of a secret admirer, but he said he didn’t care.

Indigo ink on the palm of his hand where he wrote “I love you.” I kissed his palm, and all of his fingers, before settling on his mouth.

Violet roses I received a week before our anniversary. We never exchanged gifts on that day. He said red ones were overdone. “Besides,” he added, “violet is the color of passion.” He waggled his eyebrows, and I laughed, hitting him lightly on the arm.

The colors of the rainbow are the ties that bring Mark and me together. Growing ever stronger, they portray our love.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Patty said...
Dec. 6, 2008 at 12:08 am
I loved it. It made me sort of fall in love too and that's what you want your reader to feel. Good job!
 
inspiredbynature said...
Dec. 8, 2008 at 2:08 am
this is a great love story without it being overdone. it was so sweet and i almost cried. Not really but you get the idea. You are an amazing author.
 
razberry SKittles said...
Nov. 25, 2008 at 12:29 am
This is so sweet and cute! I love it!!
 
greta said...
Nov. 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm
i've read fanfiction like this
 
wrtrgirl4ever said...
Nov. 22, 2008 at 4:24 am
This is so sweet! I love how you use the colors to describe your relationship!That's so creative!It's a really beautiful piece.
 
xxbabygirl123 said...
Nov. 20, 2008 at 1:52 pm
i loved your creativeness of the rollercoster it was heart touching
 
bridgeeeex25 said...
Nov. 20, 2008 at 1:51 pm
i really likee this(: i likee the parttt weree you sayy thatt the yellow dafadelss. you are very creativeee.=)
 
tyler660 said...
Nov. 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm
Very good story very use better vocab. bridget is the bomb
 
tay said...
Nov. 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm
wait its very well written and romantic but you people watched star wars on a date!!
 
tweedle dee said...
Nov. 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm
i've now read this sixteen times and i love it more every single time!!! i hope there's a mark out there for me... : )
 
kebswims13 said...
Nov. 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm
this is so sweet! and very clever. it'll be sad when u guys break up
 
aubrey_the_author said...
Nov. 6, 2008 at 10:18 pm
I've read this before, and loved it! I have a comment on the version in RAW, and when I saw it on the front of the Fiction here, I was like, YAY!!!!! You definately deserve it! You are an amazing writer! The only thing, as I said in my other comment, is that it was very redundant with the colors of the rainbow; we get that already. Otherwise, Bravo!!
 
Me said...
Nov. 4, 2008 at 5:56 pm
That was incredibly clever. Good job!
 
mmiller12 said...
Nov. 3, 2008 at 9:34 pm
Very impressive! Keep up the good work!
 
memelly said...
Oct. 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm
that is a beatiful piece very beautifully written and i love how you compared your love to the rainbow you did a really good job!!! keep writing!!
 
hellomynameis said...
Oct. 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm
Aw, it was very sweet! The use of the colors wasn't cliche, which I liked.
 
writrgrl7 said...
Oct. 23, 2008 at 2:17 am
Wow!! I really like the colours-- so descriptive! Colours are important to how we perceive life, so I think writing a story about them is pretty cool!
 
madlenkadoll said...
Oct. 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm
Amazing! So poetic!
 
aubrey_the_author said...
Oct. 21, 2008 at 12:20 am
WOW!! It was SOO romantic! The ending was kind of redundant; we already got the point of the rainbow portraying your love. Overall, it was fantastic! I am definately going to see was other work you have. There aren't many writers like you; keep writing! 5 stars!
 
starghos4 said...
Oct. 19, 2008 at 11:13 pm
Beautiful! You have a bright future in writing ahead of you. You're story was so original. I really hope there's someone like Mark out there for me...
 
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