Short story: “Morris and the Machine”
by look i have opinions
“Morris and the Machine,” by Tim Pratt
A few thousand words
Interesting how Morris’s tragedy is, classically, all his own fault. He screws up his life by dwelling excessively on the past, just more literally than most. Not that I don’t sympathize.
The sleeping with a seventeen-year-old is pretty creepy.
I thought I detected a hint that Penny had been physically abusive. He says he doesn’t want to turn his back on her, and he puts the table between them. Presumably unintentional, since the author doesn’t mention it in his commentary and it distracts from the theme of the story.