I know calendar summer is still a ways off, but the days are warming up. They’re becoming uncomfortably hot, and weather-wise—for me, anyway—that makes it summer.
Briar Circle by Leon Youngblood
Regarding the word “dark,” you can’t sit down for the number of definitions and implied meanings you can haul out of it.
I have known my inquisitor for over 20 years, and our relationship has developed into more than being merely symbiotic. It is “love” to a lower degree, on my part.
This story has been told various ways; this is the version I like, from the mid-1960s: