A Love Story
Santiago Fernandez lived in Las Tunas Cuba all his life, until he braved the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a flotilla to Florida at the age of 34.
Santiago was a renowned thinker in Las Tunas and indeed all of Cuba. His goal was to better the lives of his family, his community, Cuba, and just maybe the whole world.
At the age of 13 Santiago had already come up with his first innovation, the topatoe plant. He combined Cuba’s top two agriculture products and made smokable potatoes.
At the age of 20 Santiago invented the underwater potato launcher that could penetrate the hulls of any 5th world submarines that would try to invade Cuba.
For his efforts Cuba had rewarded Santiago with an extra weekly ration of beans each week for life. Although that was a handsome reward it wasn’t helping the 34-year old bachelor find a mate. In fact, the extra gas it produced in his digestive system wasn’t helping to attract the ladies at all.
Santiago set his sights on reaching America where his brilliance was sure to make him rich as well as attractive to those American ladies. He already had another invention in mind. One he could prefect in American, patient, and score money and American women.
In short order Santiago perfected his next invention, the self-propelled sugarcane rocket that could deliver bananas to the international space station. Now the hard part, how to patient his invention in America so no one could steal it and so he would make a lot of money and be attractive to American women.
This required a lot of time at the library for Santiago. He needed a lot of help. Fortunately, Candice, a little blonde librarian, helped Santiago translate the books on how to patient agricultural products from English into Spanish.
They worked closely for days and although Candice was cool and aloof Santiago was getting hot and bothered for little Candice. He was working hard on his broken English just so as to get the nerve to ask Candice to marry him and have his babies.
Today would be the day, thought Santiago. He picked out his best suit, the blue one that matched his blue tinted eye glasses. He put on his Valentine's day tie, the yellow one with hearts on it, even though it was now July. He knew his little Candice loved the Cuban cigars he smuggled into the country, so he even brought one along for good luck.
Into the library he went. Now where was his little Candice? He searched the isles from A to Q and could not find his little Candida (that’s what he liked to call her in his own mind). Of course, there she was, in row R for romance. She was high atop the library ladder putting books away. He liked the way his Candida looked up on that ladder. He was so excited he could not contain himself and wait for her to come down.
“Will you marry me Candice?”. His Candida was so started she dropped her hand full of books and they hit Santiago right on the head. “Oh my Santiago, are you okay?”. In his broken English Santiago replied “Book Smart”.
This story of romance was inspired by Endre Barath, Jr. challenge Book Smart, because books and art... I hope you enjoyed it.
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