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The Go-Between
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The Go-Between
Everybody in the big city is looking for something. The trick is to find out what.
[1,638 words]
David Gardiner
53-year-old former Belfast schoolteacher, satellite TV techie, Utopian dreamer, traveler, armchair anarchist, keen amateur diver, now working in the field of mental health. Living with partner and adopted 19-year-old daughter in London, UK. One published sci fi novel "SIRAT". Many short stories, different styles & subjects.
[April 2012]
[email protected]
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"What an amazing story! I cant believe that this was written by a man. All my sisters should read this. If I say any more this review will be a spoiler. So unusual for this kind of relationship not to be misrepresented in stories by men. Leaves a bittersweet taste. You must read it gals!" -- Liana, USA, GA.
"I understand that you are a gay gentleman Mr. Gardiner (correct me if I'm mistaken) and this is a story about a lesbian relationship. It is written strikingly well, but the conclusion confounds me. Was he just brought there to watch two ladies make out? or is there something I'm missing?" -- The Advisor.
"I'm glad that you found it "written striking well" Mr. Advisor,and since you ask me, yes I think you might be able to come up with more interesting speculations about the lesbian relationship than just that, but I admit I have left room for a bit of imaginative interpretation on the part of my readers. On your other point, no I am not gay but feel vaguely complimented that you should think so, as I was when somebody assumed that I was Jewish after reading "The Monkey Trap". - Author." -- David Gardiner, London, England.
"David, I wish to first thank you for your genuine comments on my work. As for “Without Condition” being the beginning of a novel, you were dead on. It is actually chapter two of a novel that I changed a bit because I thought I saw a short story there in it. And as for you’re your not particularly liking of the main character, don’t sweat it. If I can ever make it to the end, you’re going to love that crazy bastard! But, in all sincerity, I do appreciate your taking the time to read and review some of the work that I have posted. So in return I have read your short story entitled “The Go-Between”, an excellent piece of writing. I must say that the main character, especially as you describe him in the beginning, made me feel as though I were looking into a mirror. “The honey smeared on the human fly-paper that gathered up the rootless.” David, I love that sentence! It’s beautiful, telling, real and as a fellow writer, inspiring. I just screamed aloud “Fuck Yeah!” immediately after reading it. I have no qualms with this particular piece of work, but, and this is just me, I’d have stuck around and made sure that both Sammi and Natalie both received a good, hard horsefucking just for playing me as the fool. But I can be a vulgar man and I know, that at least by this story, you are not. Again, an extremely well written piece. I look forward to reading more of your work as my time allows." -- STORM, TEXAS, USA.
"Very strong on atmosphere but I'm not sure what was going on. It really captures that loneliness of big cities when you're young and a bit rootless. Maybe we're not meant to undertstand it completely?" -- Leonard Caville, Key West, Florida.
"Hi David ... sorry this is the first time I have acknowledged your reviews of my work, "Critters" and "Exquisite Agony". I wanted to wait until I had a chance to read your stories. I do want to thank you for the kind words. I must say, I really enjoyed this story and found it to be both poignant and compelling. It was very well written and I found myself drawn into his lonely, little world. I didn't get the feeling he was brought there to watch them "make-out", as much as to bear witness to their relationship. An offering, as you will. I very much look forward to reading the rest of your stories as soon as time permits. Funny you should mention writing in many different styles, I too enjoy stretching myself in different directions! Thought I was a majority of one !!! Thanks again for your critiques of my posted work, it is much appreciated " -- Judith Goff, Tampa, FL, USA.
"David Your story is uniquely inspiring, you manage to pull off such a smooth transition from the here and now... then back again, with ease. Yours words work magic as you draw us into a world that is full of mystery, adventure, anticipation and complimented with a smack of cold hard realty. Your story concludes where it starts, leaving the reader to question the mystery of human relations in all its varied forms. Ultimately in the end you seem to suggest that we all walk away from this life as we came in...Alone. Always searching for ways of justifying our own existense, whether it be in some warm friendly pub in the company of a pretty stranger or staring at a blank page in front of our keyboards. This story works for me because of the stoic nature of its conclusion. Thanks for a delightful and thought provoking read! " -- Monte.
"David,I thought this was a very well written and very intellectual story.However,the ending left me wanting more closure between Sammi and the protagonist.I really like the way you describe certain situations in the story and the words and vocabulary you use are very meaningful and again portray your high intellect.Nice job. " -- David Daniels.
"I am embarrassed at the number of people who have commented on this little piece since I last visited here. Many thanks to you all for reading this piece and for taking the time to leave a comment. Judith and Monte: I especially value your comments. You have got right to the heart of what I was trying to do. I don't really know why David thought it was a "very intellectual story", I thought it was just a little vignette of some confused people trying to sort their heads out in a big lonely impersonal city. It's one I always liked myself. It's a long time since I wrote it now, but it has been published in a gay literary magazine since and was well received. I found that very flattering." -- David Gardiner, London, England.


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