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Short Stories 365/59 | N.S. Beranek

“On These Sheets” by Steven Reigns from Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2014).

If I had a dime for every time I’ve been told I “overthink” things…

The main character of this story uses an offhand comment made by his boyfriend as the jumping off point for comparing and contrasting every relationship he’s ever been in. Instead of slumbering peacefully in the arms of the man who loves him he stays awake and twists himself into knots. His mental gymnastics are breathtaking and so familiar that while reading I continually had the urge to look over my shoulder. I love it when an author captures thoughts I believed were uniquely mine. For the neurotic that sort of thing is deeply, blessedly reassuring.