Shorties: She Tumbled Down by Lorraine Devon Wilke:
This short story of just 7300 words is more than a little sinister as Lorraine Devon Wilke weaves two storylines together to a conclusion which leaves real moral connotations in its wake. A moments lapse in judgement can be life changing when self preservation kicks in and fear of the consequences matter above all else. Alongside a soul mate love story, this is a tragedy indeed.
Although this short story gave me a chill it is something many people can relate to – making that split decision which changes your future forever and from which you may never recover. Haunting and vital.
She Tumbled Down: a short story by Lorraine Devon Wilke pulls the reader in from the very first paragraph. The author has a fine gift of telling a story in a way that plays out in living color. There is an authentic life-force in her voice. Real heartfelt emotion that comes across as true as day.
There is lightness and there is dark. The story travels around to both sides. As a reader I wanted, hoping to know everything would turn out okay but guessing it would not. I was left to guess as I read at a feverish pace.
There are two stories paralleling each other. One was a happy story and one was not. Would they intersect? I was hoping not.
This story is written in such a way that you can't help but want more. I ate it up at a devil's pace. The suspense never subsided, nor was my ability to figure out how it would all conclude. This is a great read that packs a punch. Highly recommend.
"The most immediate next chapter led to her home and the cocoon of her long-neglected bed, where everything changed amidst tenderness and hard passion. It was one of those nights when the ephemera of life shifts. The walls open, the ceiling rises, the air sweetens; even the hope for a better world is suddenly imaginable. Love and sex may not possess such powers in reality, but on this night, in this bed, with this man, they were a force for good..."
— Brenda Perlin