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Sunday, January 18, 2015
A Lovely Journey of 500 Miles
Reading Challenge 2015
January - We Love Short Shorts!
At 39 pages, Williams' 500 Miles is a hop, skip, and a jump
into love and romance.The story is told
by a guy named Mark who grows up having a crush on his big brother's best
friend, Jase.While Mark's brother
treats him like a typical big brother, Jase showers Mark with attention, and consequently,
Mark 's feelings turn from liking to loving, especially when Jase says if Mark
ever needs him, he'd walk 500 miles to be there for him.
When Jase and Mark's brother go off to war, Mark realizes
how much he misses Jase.They exchange
letters and Jase sends Mark some tapes with music (including the song 500 Miles) and
his musings about the service.Then Mark learns that Jase is
married, and heartbroken, Mark wonders how he'll be able to live without Jase.
Mark gets his chance to find out when Jase is wounded and
returns to U. S. shores.
Fortunately, Williams ably carries off this very compact
story that must be convincing in very few words.Not only does the reader have to invest in
Mark, which happens effortlessly, but more importantly still care about Jase who
seems to callously throw away Mark's love and devotion with his sudden
This is the true beauty of the story: While Mark is angry
and devastated by what he feels is Jase's desertion, Mark never loses his love
of the man.So when Jase actually needs
Mark's help--something neither of them ever envisioned--Mark rushes in to his
I would love to see the story expanded into a full-length
novel since the characters here are so vivid and engaging.Fortunately, since that may never happen, the
short, short story works very well in its present state.
I would heartily recommend this story for anyone dipping a
toe into the gay romance arena, who wants a feel-good, HEA read.