Short Love Stories
Will and Guy have searched the internet and have found the best love stories to entertain our readers. Some are true; others are from history or from famous works of fiction.
All the stories are touching, moving and amazing tales of love.
A middle-aged gentleman walked into the make-up section of a department store. The salespeople approached him assuming he was buying goods for his significant other.
To their surprise, he begged them to teach him how to put on make-up. They were a bit taken aback, but seeing as the store was not particularly bustling at that hour, indulged him. He took detailed notes throughout the rather thorough lesson, and finally at the end they simply couldn't hold it in any longer, and asked what had inspired him to learn this art.
He replied, 'My dear wife recently lost her sight in a terrible accident, and so she can't put on her own make-up anymore. We've been married over two decades, and she knows I think she's the most beautiful woman in the world no matter what, but when we go out nowadays she doesn't have the confidence she used to have. I came here because I want to be able to put her make-up on for her so she can feel as beautiful on the outside as I know she is on the inside.'
An incredible love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world.
It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century.
Over 50 years ago, Liu, a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern Chongqing area of China.
In the beginning, they had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives. In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps [over 6000] so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.
The couple had lived quietly together for over 50 years until recently. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms.
So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife's hand even after he had passed away.
Will and Guy have discovered that the local government in the area has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.
How to Make A Wedding Proposal Bus Driver Risks Embarrassment Primary school teacher, Miss Alex Hyde was left almost speechless after her boyfriend proposed to her in front of the entire school.
A risky proposition you may well think. Romantic bus driver Bob Doyle popped the question at a specially arranged assembly. Bob, 49, even made a video of himself singing the couple's favourite love song which was showed on a giant screen in front of 700 pupils and staff.
He then took Alex, 38, onto the stage of Newbridge Preparatory School, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK where he went down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The pupils then erupted into cheers when she said "yes" during the assembly recently. A brave man, we think, as he might have been turned down.
The true love story of Antony and Cleopatra is one of the most memorable, intriguing and moving of all times.
The story of these two historical characters had later been dramatized by William Shakespeare and is still staged all over the world.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
The relationship of Antony and Cleopatra is a true test of love. They fell in love at first sight. The relationship between these two powerful people put the country of Egypt in a strong position. However, their love affair outraged the Romans who were wary of the growing power of the Egyptians. Despite all the threats, Anthony and Cleopatra got married.
It is said that while fighting a battle against Romans, Antony got false news of Cleopatra's death. Shattered, he fell on his sword.
When Cleopatra learned about Antony's death, she was distraught and later she took her own life.
Great love demands great sacrifices.
Few couples understand sacrifice quite like this Greek pair say Will and Guy.
After being torn apart, they wait twenty long years to be reunited. War takes Odysseus away shortly after his marriage to Penelope. Although she has little hope of his return, she resists the 108 suitors who are anxious to replace her husband.
Odysseus is equally devoted, refusing a beautiful sorceress's offer of everlasting love and eternal youth, so that he might return home to his wife and son.
We feel that this story, written by Homer, reminds us all that true love is worth waiting for.
Cartoon by Kaufman
This love story of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere is probably one of the best-known stories of Arthurian Legend. Incidentally, it's only recently that I made the connection between Gwen Fawr (Gwen the Great in Welsh) and Guinevere.
Lancelot falls in love with Queen Guinevere, King Arthur's wife. Their love grows slowly, as Guinevere keeps Lancelot away from her. Eventually, however, her love and passion overpowers her and the pair became lovers.
One night, Sir Agravain and Sir Modred, King Arthur's nephew, led a band of 12 knights to Guinevere's chamber where they burst in upon the lovers. Discovered, Sir Lancelot makes a fighting escape, but poor Guinevere is not so lucky. She is seized and condemned to burn to death for her adultery.
However, fear you not say Will and Guy; Sir Lancelot returns several days later to rescue his beloved Guinevere from the fire.
This whole sad affair divides the Knights of the Round Table and seriously weakens Arthur's kingdom. Poor Lancelot ends his days as a lowly hermit and Guinevere becomes a nun at Amesbury where later she dies.
Laila was a beautiful girl born in a rich family. Being no less than a princess, she was expected to marry a wealthy boy and live in grandeur and splendour.
Inevitably, some might say, she fell in love with Majnu, a poor lad. Their passionate love for each other knew no bounds and as fate would have it, the two lovers were banished from seeing each other.
Laila's parents married her off to a wealthy boy and she lived in a big mansion. She couldn't bear the separation and committed suicide.
Majnu bereft and saddened by her death became insane and ultimately died on Laila's grave.
The star-crossed lovers immortalized their feeling of love for each other by giving away their lives in the name of love. Their agony is felt by many in their hearts even today, when the heart-rending saga of Laila and Majnu is narrated to them.
The story of Laila-Majnu has several variations. In India, it is believed that Laila and Majnu breathed their last in a village in Rajasthan, where they took refuge. Their graves are believed to be located in Bijnore village, near Anupgarh in the Sriganganagar district.
Another, a rural legend in the area holds that Laila and Majnu originally belonged to Sindh, from where they escaped to these parts of India and finally, died in the Indian territory.
Another variation of the romantic tale of Laila and Majnu pictures both the lovers meeting in school for the first time. Majnu is captivated by Laila's beauty and falls in love in her. He is beaten by the schoolteacher for being more attentive to Laila than studies. As their families learn about this, the lovers are separated.
However, they meet again when they grow older. Laila's brother Tabrez warns her against marrying Majnu. So deeply in love with Laila, Majnu murders Tabrez, and is arrested.
Laila is married off to some other man, who challenges Majnu to death as he gets to know Laila's inclination towards Majnu. While Majnu is killed by Laila's Husband, she kills herself on learning of Majnu's death.
Recounted in Homer's "Iliad", the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War is a Greek heroic legend, combining fact and fiction.
Helen of Troy is considered one the most beautiful women in all literature. She was married to Menelaus, king of Sparta.
Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, fell in love with Helen and abducted her, taking her back to Troy.
The Greeks assembled a great army, led by Menelaus's brother, Agamemnon, to retrieve Helen. Troy was destroyed. Helen returned safely to Sparta, where she lived happily with Menelaus for the rest of her life.
A Collection of Modern Short Love Stories
Michael Young fell in love with a fellow passenger on a Flybe flight from Belfast to Newcastle. The girl who caught his attention was Juliet Lever, who was sitting next to him in row 2. Sadly, Michael was too shy to ask Juliet for her phone number. He confirmed this on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC Radio 5 Live today.
He pined for her so much after they parted that he contacted the airline and begged bosses to ask her to get in touch with the girl in seat 2C. They obliged and Juliet, 29, phoned him and they agreed to go out to dinner. A whirlwind romance followed and they got married the next month.
Juliet, who now lives with Michael in Manchester, said, 'Every girl dreams of a fairytale romance and you couldn't get better than this.'
Flybe's Head of Customer Relations, Ella Jones commented, 'Michael's tale pulled heart strings so we played cupid.'
A male swan shunned by females because of his deformed neck may finally have found a girlfriend after seven years. 'Crinkly' the ugly swan became well-known at bird sanctuary in Gloucester UK. Each winter he would flying in from Russia, conservation workers and visitors have watched with dismay as Crinkly failed miserably to attract a mate. Experts at Slimbridge were amazed when Crinkly first arrived as a cygnet with parents Lucius and Coletta, with a strangely deformed neck probably caused by a birth defect.
'We were worried about Crinkly because he is such a strange-looking bird,' said Jools Mackin, spokesperson for Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Until now, none of the females at the sanctuary was prepared to mate with him but conservation workers say they can see signs of a budding romance.
'We are delighted because we think Crinkly has finally found a girlfriend,' commented Ms Mackin. 'He appears to be loosely associating with another Slimbridge Bewick's swan called Taciturn. It is too early to say whether or not they are mates, but we'll be monitoring them over the next few days to see. At the moment they are associating on Swan Lake. They are flying in and out together and we do hope they will become mates.'
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