By: David Gilmore
Genre: Literary Fiction, Short Story
Publication date: 1.7.2014
Amazon link: Gus
Date read: 3.15.2014
Recommended by: the author
Summary: Gus, a former police officer who is now disfigured after being set on fire, is tired of life. His days are always the same, and he wants to end it all. Follow him during a mostly typical day of his life.
The short story itself is 1,713 words, so it is very short (half the length of my other short story). The afterword is 651 words.
Note: There is a fair bit of swearing.
I met David on Facebook through a mutual friend. After he found out that I am an avid reader, he asked if I would be interested in reading his VERY short short-story and gave me the link.
It is a great story!! The ending is so sad. I would have liked it to be a little longer (everything goes by so quickly and I would have liked to learn more about Gus) and I can't help but wonder how more of a conversation with the lady in the story could have changed his view on life. I like how David simply says that Gus was burned, but never exactly says how much of him is or describes it - your idea of Gus stems from the reactions that others have towards him and how he sees himself. I can't wait to read more of his work.