Short stories are growing on me. The small 10,000 words or so have you so ingrained that you can read them fast and still have an entire story in your head. It's made me love them so much I'm thinking about doing my own anthology. I was planning on doing one anyway because my spy novels just wont be long enough to call a novel so they'd of been shorts all together. ANYWAY this post isn't about me, it's about Marissa and her short story After He Left which featured in my wonderful friend anthology It Begins Here.
Grief has the power to either bring people together, or pull them apart. In this short story, we meet Alexandria after her life is cut in half when her twin brother Xavier dies of cancer. Alone in the deepest sense of the word, she must navigate through a crumbling family and determine how deep her love for Xavier’s best friend, Michael, really goes.
As I hadn't read the blurb of this short, at first I had no idea what this story was about, but I knew it was something I had to read. From the first sentence you're drawn into Alexandria's life and instantly feel something missing.
This beautiful tale of loss and love intertwines everything so perfectly you can imagine and feel every emotion going on in the main characters head. Loss of any kind is hard but I've heard so many stories about how it's worse when you're a twin as you're so connected to each other. I really felt that connection come alive in this story and felt the loss as I was reading through.
I did feel the ending was a little predictable, but then what book isn't nowadays. I still loved it and was happy with how it ended. I'm looking forward to reading more from Marissa in the future, and the second anthology from all the authors.