A medley of romantic stories to mark Valentine’s Day.
Fresh Feeling by The Eels.
Story by Sam Lawry.
We kissed where our parts of the bike path diverged, lingering and unwilling to let the moment pass. There have been more kisses, and conversations. I look forward to seeing him, a flash of silver hair, the wry curl of his lip, tanned arms. But I also like the feeling of leaving, of not knowing what may happen next...
All Or Nothing At All by Vince Jones.
Story by Nick Gadd.
A new relationship is a good time to open your ears to new sounds.I was working as an English teacher at a chewing gum factory, and Lynne had a job at a language school in Milan. We both had one-year contracts, and at the end of the year we’d have to decide where to go next…
Re:Stacks by Bon Iver.
Story by Paul Bateman.
We married late in life, Shirley and me: I was 41; Shirley, 44. Before Shirley, I had loved and been loved, but I had never married. The same was true for her. When I met Shirley I was living in a bright and beautiful one bedroom apartment, by the beach in St Kilda. Years earlier, I had moved into the flat in a state of despair; my life was a mess.
Under The Milky Way by The Church.
Story by Darren Smokie Dawson.
I put on The Church, and as the opening chords of Under the Milky Way softly made their way through the speakers, I asked the woman with whom I was planning to spend the rest of my life to dance with me. “I like this,” she whispered. I was unsure whether she meant the music, the slow dancing, or my holding her close. But I did not ask and I did not care either way.
Do You Want To Know A Secret? by The Beatles
Story by Bea Jones
In my first tentative relationship with a fellow student I felt I had found my soul mate, where the rampant hormones were matched by our mutual passion for art; many Sunday afternoons spent wandering the back streets of Wellington, sketch book in hand. The Beatles’ refrain of Closer, let me whisper in your ear….. seemed to epitomise that all-engulfing state of first love. He was, for many years, my lover, friend and guide.