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Short Stories 365/6 | N.S. Beranek

Home today with the flu. Thankfully, I did a few of these on Saturday so I only have to push the button.

“Saint Daniel and His Demons” by Rob Byrnes, from Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (Queer Mojo).

Who hasn’t been through the heartbreak main character Daniel suffers as a result of trying to “tame” bad boy Jay Casey? We’ve all been there; willingly suspending our disbelief and ignoring the hints dropped by our friends, in order to have, or at least appear to have, that which we’ve always thought was unattainable. Who hasn’t wrestled trying to reconcile the person he’s told he “ought” to be with the one he truly is?

This story has everything. It’s impeccably penned, funny, fresh, insightful, and action-packed. None of which is surprising in the least, given who authored it. Did I mention funny? No, it’s really, really funny. Check it out. You won’t be sorry.