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

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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mollyb said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 10:57 am
This is amazing! Great work, I loved it!
Pixie chic said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 10:19 am
This is beautiful and sweet! Nice job.
StandStrong said...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm
This is beautiful(:
otherpoet said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm
This made me smile, so sweet, so touching, great job!
aem312 said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm
I really like this. The concept was beautiful. I loved the colors.
james14 said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm
This is so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Keep writing!
james14 replied...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm
I also LOVE the picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lillie M. said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 7:28 am
That's gorgeous and such a beautiful way of describing love. . .
DinaTheDinasaur said...
Jan. 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm
I'm really not a fan of romance but this was really well done!
Dakota_Love_LeFey said...
Jan. 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm
this story is so beautiful i love it
3mo_sw33ts replied...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm
I agree:) It made me smile as I imagined a young couple truly in love:) It filled my cheeks with warmth and delight. Towards the end, I nearly began to cry. I was so sad....well...I suppose in a GOOD way if you know what I mean:)
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Jan. 16, 2012 at 12:21 am
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monkeyface replied...
Dec. 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Ths is such a great touching and happy story adore it.
Kitty.Meow.Daly said...
Dec. 3, 2011 at 11:40 am
Awww :) Happy endings <3
ashleyn said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Awwww that's soo cute....wish it wasn't fiction! (: It's really good (:


lrshap said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm
so So SO SO SO sweet! LOVE it love
ChocoMint said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm
I know I'm the 320th person to comment on this, but you really did an amazing job. I love the original idea of using colors to tie two people together. I also love how your article is "non-cliched," so to speak. So many romance articles on this website have the same conflicts, the same ideas, the same worn out settings and plots. It gets pretty boring. Thanks for you article. It really added some color and spice to Teen Ink.  =+)  Keep on writing!  <><
Dancingwriter said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 12:51 am
I love how you made all the colors mix in with the romance of Mark and the main character. Keep writing =)
luv2run2299 said...
Oct. 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm
This was so good. I loved how all the colors corresponded to what the two of them did together. Very clever and creative. KEEP WRITING! 
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