“The Cake is a Lie” by Jonathan Harper from Daydreamers (Lethe Press, 2015). Originally published in Chelsea Station (March, 2012).
This collection will be released in March. I was given an advanced reader copy by the publisher.
There’s not much I can say about this one without giving away details you should discover on your own. Let’s just say it involves another man who’s standing on the threshold between unfulfilled twenty-something and accomplished adult. Also if you like experimental fiction you will like this.
Fun fact: The title comes from the video game Portal. Apparently the AI guiding the player character through the levels continually promises cake as a reward for certain actions, but said cake never materializes (and may never have existed).