Story - Alex and Eluna
It was his
black mysterious fedora that caught my eye as I
strolled through Brighton Open Market. That
afternoon there were writers exhibiting books
they had penned. Thus I had the pleasure of
meeting Glaswegian Alex Willis who I would from
that kismet moment on, refer to as Mr Fedora.
Somehow talking about his newly acquired hat gave
him the added confidence to talk about his
upbringing and childhood in San Francisco. His
engineer father had moved his family out to the
US just after The Brain Drain period
in England in the 50s. A period I understood well
as my clever brainy scientific cousin John
Greenhill had left Liverpool for ever to work in
top secret research for the American Government.
Today at 84 he is still in their employ in
Young Alex learned how to become an engineer in
the American marines and settled in the Bay Area
of the city loving the sea and especially
repairing boats. His engineering qualifications
had come in useful and even got him a job on a
nearby harbour building site working alongside
One afternoon Alex was high on the scaffolding
gazing out at the beautiful bay, when he as-pied
a beautiful young maiden of about 16 below
heading towards the boobing moored boats.
His heart skipped a beat and so he got out his
binoculars to examine this apparition. The maiden
had long wavy blonde hair tied back in a pony
tail secured by a yellow bow. Around her forehead
was a gold twisted braided band that caught the
sunshine and shone making her look angelic. To
him she was like a love child with a multi
coloured patchwork maxi skirt and a yellow blouse.
He gasped and knew this was the angel he wanted
to marry and be with forever.
Alex had made one mistake, impulsively marrying a
young American girl he had known lustfully for 3
weeks. Their union lasted 1 week before she got
her lawyer to somehow annul the marriage. Thus
Alex knew at 27 he wanted to settle down and
start a family with a new love. This was the one.
This was She. He had to find out who She was.
Meanwhile Eluna, the maiden, was on her way to
visit her father Frank who was repairing his
moored boat. She was bringing him his daily
packed lunch loving prepared by his wife. Eluna
was Sweet Sixteen as the song goes
and excitedly confided in Frank she had just seen
the man she knew she would marry, begging him to
find out who her young Adonis was high up in the
A meeting was arranged the next day.
It was love at first bite for both of them. They
knew without words their pure love for each other
but she was under age at 16 to marry. Amazingly
the judge refused to initially marry them
concerned that they might not be sexually
compatible. He even offered Alex the key to his
apartment for the young couple to have a go
but there was no need because they knew that true
enduring love would find a way.
A way that their long marriage has lasted forever
and ever with 3 grown children with families of
their own all back in England.
Long live Alex and his enduring love for his
sweet sixteen bride Eluna!
in Brighton inspired by meeting Alex today for