“The Prisoner” by C.C. Williams, Best Gay Romance 2013 (Cleis Press). Edited by R. D. Cochrane and Timothy J. Lambert.

This story has the level of pathos I prefer. While it is fairly dark, I did not find it to be depressing. Rather, I was intrigued.

Charley and Jake are reunited by a chance meeting in a bar, and we learn they were lovers in school until Charley was the victim of a homophobic attack which caused him to pull away emotionally and, ultimately, physically from Jake.

 At the story’s end you’re left with the feeling that it’s all going to be okay, although it won’t be easy…

I could have stayed with these characters much, much longer. Likewise, I could have withstood more dialogue. But it’s good as it stands. It’s good.