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Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac (Marie Sexton)

Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac - Marie Sexton

3.5 stars

I read this short story for free back in 2012 at Cup O' Porn, during its first birthday bash. I don't know if the story has changed since then. However, since I never actually review it here and the sequel, Apartment 14 and the Devil Next Door, is coming on January 27th, 2015, I thought I should do re-read to properly review it.

This started as really fun and humorous story -- as Joshua Franklin, who is suffering from a case of writer's block opens his cabin door and finds a young man with a pickaxe slung over his shoulder and asks Joshua if he can digs the floor of the cabin.

 

I really enjoyed the youthful spirit of Rad and the rather grumpy attitude of Joshua, especially when he starts bothering with the fact that he is 42 years old (his lover of eight years walked out on him) and he has grey hairs! I always have fun with younger determined character :).

Then the story turns a bit solemn as readers find out more about why Rad wants to dig the cabin's floor. It serves as a reminder that older time has not been kind to same-sex couples and that we need to keep trying for LGBTQIA equality and acceptance because the consequences can be dire for the LGBTQIA people.

It's a enjoyable little short, a bit sentimental, but with a hopeful ending. Now I'm ready for the sequel.