- Review by Cindi
3 out of 5 stars
Thirty-five years ago a seventeen-year-old Jay Parker walked away from Craig Myers, the only man he would ever love. He fell in love with a woman, got married and raised a daughter, Amanda, and a son, Mitchell. Now a widower of five years, Jay is at his seventeen-year-old son Mitchell's baseball game when he is approached by a blast from his past: Craig Myers. Craig is a college baseball scout who just happened to be at Jay's son's game scouting another player when he notices his former best friend and lover in the stands. Craig has been a widower for three years having lost his (male) partner of twenty-six years three years prior. It only takes an embrace and learning that Jay's son will be gone for the rest of the afternoon for Jay to invite Craig back to his house and the old spark from thirty-five years ago is rekindled and rekindled swiftly. They spend time in bed reacquainting themselves. Unfortunately, a kiss later in the kitchen is interrupted by Jay's son. Jay's son, who is still mourning the loss of his mother.
This was a nice story but there is really not much to it. I get that it is a short story but I felt that too much was left out. While I got the connection of Jay and Craig at seventeen, I had a difficult time feeling it with them at fifty-two. I also feel that the conversation between Jay and Mitchell was not inline with what an actual "coming-out-to-my-child-when-I-did-and-do-still-love-his- late-mother-and-have-never-given-any-indication-that-I-like-men" conversation should be. Nice, but it could have been much more had there been even two or so pages added.
This short story was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.