Short story: “Thirty Seconds From Now”
by look i have opinions
“Thirty Seconds From Now” (capitalization sic), by John Chu
I really like this one. I like the idea that, knowing things will end badly, we feel compelled to try them anyway. For Tony, this is a way for him to move forward as a person.
On reflection, Scott’s uniqueness is a distraction. It’s never explained, and his personality doesn’t seem remarkably stolid or predictable either. Its only purpose in the story is to make their relationship a haven for Tony, so I think it could be eliminated without damage.
Tagging this as “future tense,” linguistic accuracy be damned.
I’m surprised to see I haven’t used the tag “boston review” before now. Must read more Boston Review.