Strawberries and Cream at the Plaza, a short story by Ryan Field
The narrative reads like strawberries and cream.
Story blurb: Sometimes true love is in your own backyard, and you never would have guessed it was there. Handsome, young Kellan works too hard and doesn’t spend enough time meeting new men. Deep down, he’s an old-fashioned guy who believes in romance and true love. He’s tired of sex for the sake of sex and wonders about whether or not he’ll ever meet the man of his dreams and fall in love. Though he’s willing to put his heart on the line to start a new relationship, the men he’s been seeing aren’t interested. Until he finally comes in contact with a nice young guy he never expected to meet. They exchange a few e-mails, set up a date to meet in Central Park, and wind up spending a wonderful Sunday morning together that ends at The Plaza Hotel where they dine on strawberries and cream. After that, they discover a connection neither one of them could have predicted. And though they are extremely attracted to each other, Kellan is adamant about getting to know the man he’s falling in love with first before they jump into bed together.
Kindle edition: 127 KB (25 pages).
Review by Gerry Burnie
Sometimes fate really does work in your favour … Well, in fiction, anyway. That’s the premise behind Ryan Field’s charming short story, Strawberries and Cream at the Plaza [loveyoudivine Alterotica, 2010], and it comes across quite delightfully.
The main character, Kellan—a free lance writer and first-person narrator—is given a writing assignment to review a blog authored by Jason Patriot. Impressed by what he sees he contacts the writer to set up an interview, choosing a neutral place to meet in Central Park. They meet, and as these things sometimes do, events progress to where Patriot invites Kellan—not to bed—but to the dining room of luxurious Plaza Hotel for strawberries and Cream.
To reveal more of the story line would be a bit of a spoiler, but I can say that the narrative flows like strawberries and cream, and the story is as tasteful as a sprinkle of sugar. If I have a quibble it would be that the ending is a bit truncated without a satisfying resolution.
Enthusiastically recommended for a short read. Four stars.
Read an excerpt from Nor All Thy Tears by Gerry Burnie, scheduled for release in hardcopy and e-book formats, July 2011.
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