This is possibly the most bleak Valentine’s Day story ever, by author Andrew Welsh-Huggins. Yet I found it quite amusing. Appearing in King’s River Life February 11th, the mystery is figuring out the nature of the puzzle the protagonist has devised for her husband. What starts as a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at a nice restaurant devolves into a game with possibly deadly consequences.
The point of view character is never named, which I found interesting. The entire story takes place in one scene. Fast-paced, with stretches of dialogue, the story works because Welsh-Huggins carefully lets the situation unfold. That “what’s going to happen next” feeling draws the reader along as it quickly becomes obvious this is not an ordinary Valentine’s dinner.
As an additional treat, you can click on this link and read the story for free.
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