Title: Falling Through
Author Name & Publisher: Ofelia Grand (Beaten Track Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2016 – 50 pgs
Travis is running himself ragged. He’s trying to keep two jobs just to pay his rent. If he has to flirt with some creepy old women at the pub to get a little extra tip money then so be it. One day, he’ll have someone special waiting for him when he gets back home from work, or is that too much to ask? Right now isn’t the best of times to get a boyfriend anyway since Travis is going mad, but one day… Every so often, Travis gets the feeling of not being alone, and sometimes, he sees things. But he tries to stay positive; maybe there’s a strapping young fella waiting for him in the looney bin.
Larry’s existence was dead boring until Travis moved in. Now he spends his time watching Travis, fantasising about touching him, kissing him… Their movie nights would be a bit cosier if Travis knew he was there, but sometimes, you have to settle for what you can get. As far as roommates go, Travis is the best Larry has ever had, and it isn’t Travis’s fault he can’t see Larry – no one has been able to since the day he died.
When Travis loses one of his jobs, both he and Larry fear for their future. Larry can’t imagine being without Travis, and Travis is desperate to find a way to pay his bills. While Travis searches for a solution to his money problems Larry has to decide if he’s willing to risk existence as he knows it for a chance of a better life.
This is a different type of book. There is really not a live story to it. There is no hooking up. There is no happily ever after. It is a short story about being content I guess you could say.
Travis in my opinion is struggling to survive by working two jobs and still barely making ends meet. He has a ghost, Larry, that lives in his apartment but he is not aware of him until Larry tries to help him from losing one of his jobs which in turn will make him lose his apartment. Slowly he starts to see a little more of Larry as the days pass until Larry ends up saving him and in turn allows him to see Larry all the time.
This is a short story but I was left with more questions then answers as to where this book was supposed to be going. The book never answers the question as to what was going to happen to Larry since he interfered in Travis’s life again. The question of what happened to Travis now that he lost his job was never answered. And the question as to what was going to happen between Larry and Travis was never answered. So I was kind of left wondering what happened.
I was a good short read but I think it could have been so much better if the author would have fallowed through with the story plots.
Gay fiction—sometimes with a sprinkle of romance, sometimes with a dash of horror, sometimes with a pinch of paranormal, and sometimes a mix of it all.
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish which often shines through in her stories. She likes to write about everyday people ending up in not-so-everyday situations, and hopefully also getting out of them. She writes contemporary and paranormal, and dreams about one day writing a post-apocalyptic story–if that ever happens we’ll see.
Her books are written for readers who want to take a break from their everyday life for an hour or two.
When Ofelia manages to tear herself from the screen and sneak away from husband and children she likes to take walks along the coastline and watch the sea. She’s recently discovered the miracle of podcasts and spends her strolls listen to wise people talk.