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Exercise 22 - Love letters

Instructions verbatim emailed by Guile, today's exercise host:

The love letter is the ultimate marketing/sales letter. Indeed, the task of selling something (i.e. your corrosive charm) to a potential buyer (the object of your affection) requires utmost judgment, precision, grace and of course, courage. And like any marketing/sales letter, it makes expert use of this over-rated thing we call "hyperbole". And like the best print ads in the world, the love letter appeals to emotion. This week's exercise is to write a fictional love letter based on (any one of) the following scenarios:


- A criminal in love with a police officer, or vice versa
- A teenager in love with a forty year old teacher (specify subject), or vice versa
- A love letter to Elizabeth Ramsey
- To Manny, from Eric Morales with love, or vice versa
- A corporate employee in love with an overbearing HR personnel
- You create your own equally weird scenario


May take more than an hour depending on how in love you are. Fire away.


Below is what I wrote: 

Dearest Manny Pacquiao,


From the moment I first stepped in the ring against you, I knew. 

When we first touched gloves during the referee's pre-fight instructions, I knew.

When your left hook first forced me to kiss the canvass, I knew.


Manny, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.  My one true love, my peerless foe. The crowd screams your name from the top of steel lungs, but I, your foe in the ring, whisper it from within my delicate heart. 


Destiny has a wry sense of humor and a wicked sense of matchmaking.  For how was I to know, I'd meet my match in you?  In the ring our courtship played out.  Our bodies and opposing wills colliding between ropes.  Trading punches within rounds punctuated by bells whilst the occasional embrace it was all worth the pain and suffering.  For what is love if not hurting.


I can and I have fought you three times in the ring.  You won over me.  But you also won me over.  The whole world witnessed your victory.  But only I witnessed how my heart surrendered. 


As you now ponder a future in politics while I, peaceful retirement, I reach out to you, my friend, my foe, please remember me.  Your successes still delight me as much as your failures will hurt me.  Remember, I feel for you.


You are and always will be the fighter who conquered my will and my love.  Wala kang katulad, Manny.


Forever yours,


Eric Morales

Posted at 04:21 pm by bisoy


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