Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Short Story
Approximate word count: 2-3,000 words
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Victor A. Davis “has lived in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas. He has been a short story writer since high school, despite studying mathematics and computers at university. He works freelance in the field of IT, and writes constantly. He now lives in a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.”
A well-to-do man is sitting by himself in a diner, eating breakfast, and observing.
Too often I find short stories leave me hanging. I want to know “what happens next” or “I wonder how that worked out for him.” This story, while very short (barely over 2,000 words) didn't do that. There is one question I could ask about what a waitress in the story thought of the protagonist's last actions, but having experienced the story from the protagonist's point-of-view, knowing the answer to that seems like cheating. In fact, knowing the answer would cheapen the impact of the story.
All of the above is purposely vague. Saying any more would spoil the story. What I will say is that this short story packs a punch for so few words with a life lesson about karma and bringing the right attitude to acts of charity.
No significant issues
Rating: ***** Five Stars