I was born and raised in Washington, D. C. I grew up as the second oldest child of seven kids, and the oldest girl of the whole group. Growing up in a home with that many people wasn't exactly easy, but, I wouldn't have given it up for anything, either! During my high school years and young adult life, I had a specific idea of what true love, romance, and happiness with a man should be like. In my head, and in my heart, it was perfect in every possible way, but in reality, boy was it different! These short stories and poems are a reflection of my expectations when it came to true love, and what happened when that fantasy fell through.