Short and bittersweet - with a little grain of salt.
I can't even explain why I love Marshall Thornton's writing so much, I just do. His words feel so real to me and touch me everytime, even though his style is far from purple or "romantic". Even this story, that is clearly not a romantic novella, broke my heart a little. The contemplation of life and love and trust wasn't a neat little linear monologue, and Gary was not what I would call a "straight and narrow" kind of guy. But he didn't have to be, because in the end it was about more than just a relationship, but still all about love and trust and happiness with yourself and another person. Like I said, bitter sweet and very real. I really liked this one. It didn't hurt that Thornton has the technicalities of short stories down to a T. Really good.