Romantic Shorts introduces budding writer Alex Stephens with the publication of his first short story, The Unlikeliest Lovers. Sadly, all of his prior technical race engine analysis efforts did not qualify, despite describing “When pistons kiss valves”, and “Use lube to reduce friction” in explicit and graphic detail.
Officially, he is half English and half German. But a couple of decades living in South Africa added half African, half Dutch, and half American to that mix. He is presently learning how to be half Irish, having stepped back from his high-octane career, hoping to get a whiff of nature instead.
‘Take the time to stop and smell the flowers, they say. There’s not many flowers in the rural view from my front door’, he says, ‘but plenty of cow dung.‘
Alex is a complex person, doing far too much thinking and analysing about everything. He is grateful for rain, maple syrup, Faberge Eggs, and the Hubble Space Telescope. He adores the Periodic Table of the Elements, because ‘It tells us everything there is to know, about all the atoms that make up the entire universe.‘
He is curious about man-made wonders like Stonehenge and Newgrange, and marvelled at the 32,000 year old cave paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France. Of all the places he has been, the one that most humbles and exhilarates is to have stood next to the top of the Tugela Falls, in the Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg mountains.
He spends a lot of time pondering What ifs, and dreaming about all kinds of scenarios, real and imaginary. Sometimes he writes them down. A few of them become stories. And now one is good enough for public viewing, here at Romantic Shorts.
Romantic Shorts by Alex Stephens