A former college roommate Peter comes to university to interview and Tony and his wife Amanda invite the roommate to dinner. Tony’s attraction and always unstated affection for Peter intensifies. The couples, at a sit-down dinner, listen as guest Peter tells a story of sexism and poorly disguised misogyny. Tony must decide whether or not to defend Peter and his decision alters his life.
Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.
This story and thirty-two others are available online free for listening or reading, and download: https://www.storyinliteraryfiction.com/stories-novels
An Illustrated print version is available: Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles; 2000-2016