Then it was clear to Kathleen and, despite his numerous shortcomings, she disagreed with his decision not to love her anymore."Weimaraner" is a funny and ultimately poignant short story about Kathleen, a young woman clinging to a seemingly doomed relationship. Her boyfriend, Jack, doesn't leave the door unlocked for her even though he knows she's coming. He goes on a cruise (er, honeymoon trip?) with his ex-fiancee and brings Kathleen back a cheap souvenir. He says "ironic" things that Kathleen knows really aren't. And he gets a dog, a Weimaraner, to which he knows Kathleen is allergic.
When Jack "tenderly" hands her some Benadryl, she takes it - but drops the accompanying glass of water in a bush.
Your first reaction may be to swoop in and intervene. Kathleen, girlfriend, it is so obvious he is a jerk, why are you hanging around for this? But reading closely, you realize it isn't quite so simple. Kathleen knows, why hasn't she left? She may be hurt, and stuck - but she's also stubborn, and angry. She drifts close to danger. Lorenz's humor and suspense kept me hanging on right up to the end.
And if you, too, want to know, dear reader, you will have to go read the story.
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Story Sundays was created at Fat Books and Thin Women. Thank you to Shivanee Ramlochan of Novelniche: A Place for Books for bringing this weekly meme to my attention and encouraging me to participate. As you know, I love short stories and hope to join in more often. From Novelniche:
"Story Sundays is a weekly feature that seeks to prompt and share discussion on, as well as promote reading of, short stories, which we believe are an underrated source of fictional enjoyment and insight. All stories discussed will be available to read online, for free...The full list of stories covered so far at Fat Books and Thin Women can be found here."Happy reading!