io9 has a regular feature they call Concept Art Writing Prompts. They post a piece of art and invite readers to submit stories based upon the illustration. I've started writing short—often aiming for very, very short—stories as a warm-up to my real writing. This one is based on a piece by Nikolay Yeliseyev. Happy Valentine's Day!
True Love Ways and Means
Khazal shook his head sadly. Why couldn't he get Sheyna to understand? He loved her. All else paled in comparison. Nothing, not their violently opposed religions or races, not their class differences nor size differentials, not even their basic biological incompatibility or the fact that he'd assassinated her mother, could stand in the way of true love.