“Nude Beach” by Paul Lisicky from Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction (Cleis Press, 2014).

This story started off well enough – two men meet on a beach and share an hour of intimacy. There seems to be potential for something between them beyond that one encounter, and so one gives his card to the other.

After that things go wrong for the main character, only he doesn’t seem to notice for awhile. And even once he does it strikes me as not plausible that the situation is not salvageable. (Didn’t he look at the thing he misplaced? Has he truly nothing to go on to try to undo this tragedy?)

That said, it was an enjoyable enough little story and I would be interested to read other work by this author.