Speechless is a lovely short story about two lonely men – one who’s afflicted with aphasia after developing it from a vehicular accident. The other is a one-eyed machinist simply drifting through life with a disdainful cat as his lone companion. Both are looking for someone to love that holds no judgment over their condition.
As Travis walks home every day, he passes the handsome guitar player Drew sitting on his front steps. As days passed, Travis mustered the courage to approach Drew, whom he learned he couldn’t speak because of aphasia. This didn’t deter Travis from getting closer to Drew until their friendship blossoms into romance. Due to his financial situation, Travis must relocate to keep his job, leaving him no choice but to leave Drew. But what exactly is more important for Travis?
I loved the tenderness of the story’s narration. There’s something extraordinary about this couple. It’s like fate has put them together to be each other’s rock. The inability of Drew to talk may seem like a challenge at first, but I guess it was the reason that made them much closer. You know that people genuinely care about you if they can see beyond such limitations. I never knew that this couple has their own story until I read Astounding! – the author’s most recent release. I’ve met them first in Bone Dry (the third book of the Bones series) and have been wondering about their story. So glad that I finally got a hold of this.
I very much recommend this one for readers looking for some nice and tender love story.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published July 18th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 2012)
You can also download the subsequent short story following their reunion via Dreamspinner Press for FREE called The Gig. [click image for the download link]
About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.
All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.