I’ve been reading a few more short stories over the last couple of days for the 100 Shots of Short Challenge. Here are the updates:
11th shot of short: If you eat, you never die – Tony Romano
This is a cute story about a guy called Giacomo and his over-protective mother, Mrs. Cummings. Giacomo has to lose weight by one pound to be able to play in the (school?) team. Giacomo’s coach comes home to convince Mrs. Cummings that her son has to eat less and lose weight. Naturally, Mrs. Cummings has a tough time accepting that, and the Coach has an experience worth remembering, trying to talk to her on the matter.
Mrs. Cummings reminded me of my ma-in-law, who always insists that everyone in her care be fed properly. Read properly = huge helpings served with personalised attention. 🙂
Finally, I found a story that brought a smile to my face! I needed this after all those depressing reads!
12th shot of short: Witches’ Loaves – O Henry
I read this from the book O Henry – 100 selected stories, and quite liked it. Witches’ Loaves is about Mrs. Martha, who owns a bakery. She is attracted to a man who buys two stale loaves of bread from her daily, thinking that he is an impoverished artist. The end has the typical O Henry twist to it.
13th shot of short: Tea – Saki
This story is about a young gentleman called James Cushat-Prinkly, who is forced by his relatives to find a good wife and settle down in life. He is set up with a young woman named Joan Sebastable, but is terrified of going to her home for tea and proposing to her. The whole business of serving tea in dainty porcelain cups scares him. The story takes a turn as he is on his way to Joan’s for tea. A light-hearted, cute tale, which kept me smiling throughout.
14th shot of short: The renunciation – Rabindranath Tagore
I read this story from the book Hungry Stones and Other Stories by Tagore. It is a sad story, but with a positive note to it. It is about a young Brahmin who falls in love with a woman from a supposedly lower caste by mistake and marries her. I was left with a bittersweet emotion when I finished reading it.
15th shot of short: Chocolate – Michal Olszewski
Chocolate revolves around the experiences of a young boy Dudek, as he ‘shops’ for chocolate in a departmental store. It is a nice, entertaining read, and a very different one.
Thanks for the link, Shona!
The count: 15 down, 85 more to go! 🙂