Flightless by Keziah Weir is a short story of a woman’s suspicions.
~~~~Some Spoilers Ahead!~~~~
When Charlie invites Jane on his research trip, his wife Marie is less than thrilled. Marie knows that his work is important, but 19-year-old Jane presents an interesting hitch in their usual routine. Jane is the daughter of Charles’s childhood friend, and he said it was to help her out with some on-the-job experience, but Marie quickly realizes that there’s something more between them. During the course of the story, Marie battles jealousy and suspicion as Charles and Jane grow closer, an act that makes Marie even more desperate for a family of her own. But not all things are what they seem.
I enjoyed this short story, and I thought that it was well done. You feel the emotions of the characters right away, and Marie’s struggles are believable and will probably hit home with some readers. The plot was pretty straightforward, and the dialogue was engaging.
I did feel like it jumped around a bit, making the timeline a little hard to establish, but that wasn’t the worst part. The worst part was that story ended with no real closure, leaving us with a sense of “what happens next?” I would have liked to know what happened beyond the ending, but I suppose we’ll never know.
I give this short story a 4 of 5. It’s a great story about a woman’s struggle with suspicion and infertility, and it would be great for anyone looking for a short read.
About the Author:
Keziah Weir is an editorial assistant at Elle magazine who enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. Flightless is her debut story, and it was originally published in Day One, a literary journal by Amazon. That was followed by A Taxonomy of Things, her second short story that was also published by Day One. To learn more about this author and her works, visit her Amazon page or follow her on Twitter. If you’d like a copy of Flightless for yourself, check out the link below!
The author’s photo came from Amazon.