Out of Order
by Eric Gober
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
After bombing a job interview, Trent wants to get to the airport and fly home. But high up in a San Francisco skyscraper, he stumbles upon Rob, an old crush who mysteriously vanished from his life. Little does Trent know he’s about to be broadsided. In a moment, Rob will make a startling confession, old feelings for him will reignite, and the city’s worst disaster in decades will erupt around them. Can the two survive the deadly shaking? Or will they perish in the shattered, blacked-out city?
Note: Originally published in the Stranded anthology.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just when Trent's personal and professional seemed to be going nowhere but down he stumbles into Rob. The spark of attraction Trent once held for Rob ignites again, giving him hope for a brighter tomorrow.
As Rob shares his own feelings from long ago, their world shakes; both literally and figuratively!
This short story of lost opportunities and unexpected second chances is joyful and entertaining.
Eric’s fiction often explores complications and entanglements in romance. His debut novel, Secrets of the Other Side, won three Reader Views literary awards, including Best Fiction Book of the Year. Describe by critics as “an emotional journey of love, loss, and self discovery” and “an incredible coming-of-age story,” the novel chronicles one gay youth’s quest for love and happiness during the tumultuous eighties and nineties.
His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Encore, A Likely Story, Stranded, First Time for Everything, and Best Gay Romance 2014. He earned his MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University.
Eric grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has lived in Arizona, Kansas, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Today he makes his home in Los Angeles, where he enjoys trail running, spending time with friends, and working on new short stories and his next novel.Website - Facebook - Twitter