Love is between two people, but they don't have to be a man and a woman. It can be man/man, or woman/woman, but even those aren't the only kinds of love.
There is love for a pet, or the pet's love for you? All of these types of love can be used in our stories.
Origin of Love: Middle English, from Old English lufu; akin to Old High German luba love, Old English leof dear, Latin Lubere, libere to please: First known use was before 12th century.
1: Love: noun: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person: attraction that includes sexual desire: the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship: a person you love in a romantic way.
Full definition of love: 1a (1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
(2): attraction based on sexual desire:
affection and tenderness felt by lovers (3): affection based on admiration,
benevolence, or common interests b: an
assurance of affection
2: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
3a: the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration
beloved person: darling--often used as a term of endearment (2) British--used
as an informal term of address
4a: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1): the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2): brotherly concern for others b: a person's adoration of God
5: A God or personification of love
6: an amorous episode: love affair
7: the sexual embrace: copulation
8: a score of zero (as in tennis)
I can go on and on with more definitions, but if you're interested you can go to my source and read it for yourself. Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love
Author's of nearly all genres show love in their stories. Even in books about espionage there is sex and love affairs in them. Love is needed in our stories to show the growth of the characters in their lives. You write a story about a soldier home from war suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and he's going to have to grow past the trauma by someone, or something coming into their lives giving them love.
Love is something everyone needs, and if they don't get it they become stunted as people and maybe something much worse.
My wish for all is to have someone or something to love and for you to receive the love back.
See you again May 29th.