A friend of mine from the Write Write and Write TinyChat room (where I spend most of my noveling Novembers, because my lovely acquaintances there explode with sprints and wars <3) took a post from my series, Writing Life, and wrote a short story from it! =O I do so love being useful.
Really, it’s fantastic. She wrote the piece in about two hours, with a quick editing run-through. For something so quickly put together, I’m surprised how well it reads. The main character’s voice comes across as very measured and nostalgic, almost conversational, as if s/he is just so destroyed emotionally that s/he can’t help but be detached from his/her own life.
Beautifully emotive if a bit lengthy in some of the narrative, The Staircase is very effective in pulling empathy straight from your guts. The pain and utter sorrow that this person’s loss instills is very easily felt through the bulk of the story.
Fans of true love and subtly-presented tragedies, this one is for you.