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Pulling Away by Shawn Lane

Pulling Away

by Shawn Lane

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4.5 stars. Shawn Lane is super talented. I would have given it a 5 if I'd gotten to spend a little bit more time with these guys. ( )
  Eyre_32 | Jul 17, 2009 |
This is really a very well plotted short story, so well plotted that it's really a shame that it was so short, 34 pages.

Noah and Charlie are neighbor since forever but never have been really friends. When they were at school they had different circles and interests; Charlie was the king of the school, wealthy, handsome, good at anything he tries. Noah instead was an average guy with an average life, he wasn't even a nerd or a geek, really only a normal guy.

Neither when both Charlie than Noah came out as gay they became more close, they remained good neighbors as before. But then something changed: Charlie's parents died in a car accident, leaving the guy independently wealthy but also very lonely. Around him he had no real friends, and when he needed them to come out from his depression, they simply left. Only Noah remained around, almost auto-imposing himself in Charlie's life.

And then again something changed: probably in a moment in which his loneliness was gnawing at him, Charlie almost forced Noah to have sex with him. And then again the day after when Noah as always went to check on him. Now Noah is wondering if he is still Charlie's friend, or his lover, or something else. But an unlucky phrase by Charlie makes him realize that the guy is considering Noah's something free and available, but not important. Probably this is not all true, Charlie has a real depression problem and he is really scared to lose who he loves, and so he is convinced that, if he doesn't love, he will not suffer.

As I said, it's a shame that the story is so short, since in only few words, the authors made me feel for both her characters, that are really well developed.

  elisa.rolle | Dec 1, 2008 |
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