Eventually, they ban the word “love”.
It’s harmful, they claim. Causes too much hurt. But people find other ways to say “I love you”. They say “Let me know when you’re home, I don’t want you to go, are you cold, how was your day?” Everyone gets used to it, and then comes the same hurt. The same disappointment.
So they ban speech entirely.
They give up when they realise people can be left just as devastated when all that came before was a blown kiss, or a hand held over the heart.
When they realise people can hurt each other no matter what.
by Molly Duffield
(prompts: 10/02, censored)