Dreamy. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. I cried when I reached the ending. Clearly Nash Summers just SLAYED me again
It has been almost 2-weeks since I actually read " fawn " -- and I still had no idea how to do this story justice. In its short length, "fawn" was able to deliver a story with a big punch. I think the key element of the story relies on Rust -- this fascinating boy that was unlike any (common) characters I found in my reading. Rust saw the world in his own innocent-colorful-introspective way that made him a bit otherwordly. Rust was like the color in otherwise black and white painting.
Interestingly, you could actually felt the progress of Rust's personal growth in the way Nash Summers wrote Rust's chapters. When the story started, when Rust was just a boy, the language was more lyrical and innocuous. It was like we could see the world from Rust's wide-eyed innocent view. As Rust grew older, the words become more grounded, like the harsh reality that Rust must see become the burden that acts like gravity; it tied Rust to the ground.
The reason why I couldn't give this my 5-stars yet was mainly because I thought Ancel, as the other character, was left a little undeveloped. I thought the conflict that Ancel was facing was too big and I wanted to see how he finally made peace with himself. I wanted to read how Ancel finally able to slayed his demons and returned to Rust. But then again, maybe the mystery was one of the beautiful things about this short story. It just made me a little unsatisfied, that was all.
Simply put, this was amazing -- I would never stop being in awe over Nash Summer's talent and would forever follow her writing, wherever she would like to take me.