This is a splendid and very satisfying short story from Australian author Luke Romyn. Mark Wallace has been in torment for three years following the death of his lover, Natalie. So bound up is he in his own misery, that Mark attempts suicide… Only for the mercurial Quentin to intervene… What must Mark do to find redemption? And is Quentin a saint or devil? The Choice has a great plot; combined with a natural narrative progression, it has more than enough hooks to keep any reader satisfied.
An extract from the story:
“Mark Wallace stepped from his humble apartment on Cypress Avenue, a permanent frown marring his otherwise handsome features. How could he go on like this? How much pain could he endure before going completely insane? These thoughts echoed through his mind as he descended the stairs to Central Station, his feet seemingly making the journey of their own volition.
The thoughts would end today.
Mark stood at the edge of the train platform and looked about in wonder. He had been so engrossed in his own thoughts that he hadn’t realised where he had been going, but as he looked around he realised that he was now in the perfect place.
Hearing a train steadily approaching, Mark readied himself and as the train sped around the corner he ran past a young woman and leapt into its path, knowing that his pain would finally be at an end…”
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