Short story: “Before Carl Left”

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“Before Carl Left,” by Luke Goebel

Found here on Wigleaf, October 2011

778 words

Sometimes I wonder if I’m missing something big when I read stories and think they’re not stories. It happens to me a lot when I read flash fiction publications (Wigleaf, elimae, NANO Fiction), so it may be a matter of temperament. I do get the emotion in this piece, but the plot puzzles me. I think the narrator’s memory is from just before he returned home to visit his sick brother. That explains why he seemed mentally addled, even grief-stricken, at a time when “Carl was still alive, remember,” and also why he planned to fly out during an ice storm. But if that’s the case, why not say it?