Thursday, February 11, 2010

55 Flash Fiction Friday #65: PS: I Love You


"I love you."

"But…"

"No. That's the wrong conjunction. 'But' can never follow 'I love you'. It can precede it, but never follow it. Not if the love is real. The unconditional sort of love."

"So what conjunction does follow a real 'I love you' then?"

"'And' works."

"But not 'but'?"

"No. There are rules."


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17 comments:

Daryl said...

There certainly are .. and the 'but' cannot be implied by a pause either

Enchanted Oak said...

This is a familiar discussion. I must have had this with somebody before. It's a good rule of thumb, if we could censor the "But" issue.

Titanium said...

My mom, in her infinite wisdom, always says that the word 'but' negates everything that precedes it. Completely.

In this case, 'I love you' should always be considered a complete sentence that stands on its own subject and predicate with absolute certainty.

Beautifully stated, Mojo. Rules are rules, by golly!

SandyCarlson said...

I suppose the speaker of the "but" must feel chastened. Or perhaps unreal.

Susan said...

What a great timely piece. Indeed, love has rules! I'll be up by 7:00 P.M.

Mona said...

True, there are rules...& love cannot be set in portions either...

Tall Kay said...

yeah, but...

Very wise 55 Mojo. Good rules. No if's, ands or buts!

Monkey Man said...

I heard the same thing Titanium did - say 'but' erases everything previously said. My 55 is HERE.

Peter Stone said...

Wonderful! I've seen people trying to use arguments like that before, and you are right, there are no 'buts' with unconditional love.

My 55 is HERE

Hootin' Anni said...

Your 55 is fabulous.....but,


My 55 "I Want No Flowers on My Grave".

[scroll below my show n tell as always]

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend!

Brian Miller said...

rules, rules, rules...just leave it at i love you. smiles. nice 55.

mine is up!

Chef Kar said...

Indeed there are rules...and you have found a most important one here. I think "however" would also be a no-no. As Brian suggests...leave it at "I love you"...simple and real.

I'm up here:
Friday Flash 55 ~ The Gift

g-man said...

You might want to stay away from 'In spite of' as well...
What an excellent 55 Mojo..
Certainly timely for this Valentine thing on Sunday.
You and your Cane's have got it goin on Brotha.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Mama Zen said...

Yes, there are rules.

This is excellent!

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

I will kill the chap who says "but"
after I said "I love you" !lol
Love it!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
and
GONG XI FA CAI!
(means WISHING YOU PROSPERITY! in Mandarin, Chinese)

hugs
shakira

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http://justmeshakirack.blogspot.com/2010/02/mirrors-of-my-life-thursday-theme.html

Kimmie said...

I wholeheartedly agree with this!

Happy Valentines Day Mojo. :)

PattiKen said...

Rules for sure. And "um..." is out too!