The best thing about today is that it will be over shortly.
"By Quarry Lake," by Josephine Myles
I loved this last tale from Summer Lovin' mostly for how it left me with an "aww!" feeling. Two young men parted when a kiss turned into a punch and misunderstanding has been left in silence ever since. But when the man who threw the punch comes back to town - and knows now that he is, absolutely, gay - there's reconciliation in the air.
If it's possible.
The lake named by the title is central to the story, and it's a great setting - a swimming hole only the two of them really know - and it frames the start and end of the tale in a soft and summery fashion. Indeed, there's nothing not to love about this piece, which - as I said - finishes off the collection with just the right note.
If only summer would last forever like this...