by Joe Pfeffer
A young writer travels to Mexico for inspiration, where he meets an elderly American couple with a colorful history. He has no idea how colorful until the wife excuses herself and her husband tells the writer a shocking secret about his wife. But is it true? Supreme Reflections is a short story of how people replace the real world with fantasy, then spend their lives trying to make their fantasies real.
This is a very short story, at only eight pages on my nook. Short stories aren't easy to write, as you have to pull the reader into your world without the benefit of creating a backstory or having the luxury of slowly introducing your characters. I have nothing but admiration for writers, especially those who write short stories!
This story takes place over breakfast. A man joins an older couple at their table in the crowded restaurant and the woman regales him with stories from her colorful past. Her companion doesn't say much, but it sounds like she led a very interesting life!
When she excuses herself to go to the bathroom, her companion finally says something to the younger man. Which totally came out of left field and left me wondering why he brought it up in the first place? Both the reader and the young man are left confused by this revelation, which the woman does nothing to dispel when she returns and they leave.
Have to admit that this story left me scratching my head. Was anything the woman said true? Why would her partner say such a thing after she left the table? And was his declaration true? If nothing else, the story certainly got my attention while leaving me puzzled.
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