“Monsters So Fair” by Lyle Blake Smythers from Queer Fish: An Eclectic Anthology of Gay Fiction (Volume One), Pink Narcissus Press (2011). Edited by Margarita Bezdomnya and Rose Mambert.
I was intrigued by the premise of this next story – a young man at sea fulfills a prophecy and destroys a great threat, but in the process becomes stranded on what appears to be a deserted island. It turns out not to be truly deserted, however, because shortly afterward a mysterious ship arrives and its crew unloads a strange cargo into a cave. The protagonist’s travelling companions go off in search of food and he commences to explore the cave. In particular he goes in search of a boy of about his own age who he saw enter the cave with the crew but not come out again when they returned to the ship and sailed away.
I bought the notion that there was an immediate attraction between the two, and another prophecy to be dealt with. Ultimately, though, I wanted this story to go somewhere it did not. I was waiting for a twist that didn’t come, and I’m not sure why it didn’t. Without it, I found the ending to be unsatisfying.