Title: Sext Based Adventures
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 13,000 Words
Chris thought he was done with his gaming days. He’d deleted his account, gone back to his day job, and put his fantasy world days behind him… but couldn’t resist the urge to return. This time, however, he decided to play as a woman—a persona he maintains even when he makes friends with Jessica.
When Jessica offers online sex, Chris still cannot bring himself to confess his secret. As their relationship turns serious, still he cannot admit to the ruse. Then Jessica proposes they meet offline, and Chris is finally forced to confront the questions and choices he’s been avoiding…
This short, smart story has a lot of depth. I was able to finish it in under an hour, but it will take me much longer to process through the complex themes.
I found the story easily relatable on a personal level, though I understand not every person will feel it rings true to their particular experience. Even so, there were a lot of complicated feelings, and the author handled them well without coming across as “educating” readers.
One thing I appreciated was the exploration of an older person (i.e., not a teen or twentysomething) discovering his sexual and gender identity. That’s easy to mishandle for the sake of plot, but this was done incredibly well and with a lot of sensitivity.
Almost anything else I say could be a spoiler because there are numerous revelations throughout. One thing I will note is that when the main character, Chris, is with a partner and shown full acceptance, it brought tears to my eyes–despite the fact that it was in the middle of a very steamy moment.
I loved this carefully crafted, excellent story, and I’m in awe of how wonderfully well-written it is. Another time I wish I had more than 5 stars to give.
This was an different sort of little story. I found certain thoughts to be confusing the way they were written. Like his hidden surprise habit. I felt it could’ve been expressed a little better.
I was a little surprised to find out a bit more about Jessica, but I liked where it went and how it was all revealed. But some of the time jumps and the way the story flowed was jilted and made it hard to follow…. like what actually happens between Chris and Jessica when they meet.
I feel like this story had such great potential but was so rushed and important parts skimmed over that it left the reader behind and unable to connect to Chris and what he is going through.
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Francis Gideon is an editor and writer. He has appeared in Microscenes, Gay Flash Fiction, and JMS Books. He lives in Canada.
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