Two (brief) short story reviews for you today:
First, some backstory - this past weekend, my youngest son split his head open while attempting a back-flip into the pool, so I of course left in a hurry and left behind the book that I was reading. While waiting in the emergency room, I started browsing short stories on my phone. (My son's injury was minor, though he did end up with 5 stitches. He was totally fine, sitting in my lap with his head on my shoulder.) The joy of reading a book on my phone is the ability to read one-handed (using the volume buttons to flip the pages).
So, I first decided on David Kummer's Beautiful Tears. (If you are not familiar with Kummer, he is a teenage writer with quite a few stories to his name already.)
This is a well-written story that kept me engaged throughout. Kummer definitely has talent. He reminds me of a young Brandon Ford.
Still with time to spare, I next chose Kayla Krantz's Stained. This too is well-written story. (I do not even remember downloading it, but I am glad that I did.)
Both of these stories are available for free on Kindle and are worth the read. Especially if you find yourself in need of a quick story like I did!
[No disrespect is meant to either author with me putting both reviews together. I just felt like they were both worth mentioning, and there isn't really much more to say.]