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The Lottery of Ears and Necks, by It's Only Me Across the Sea  [message #75396] Mon, 14 January 2019 08:31 Go to next message
Bisexual_Guy is currently offline  Bisexual_Guy   United States

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"The Lottery of Ears and Necks" is not only a good story, but it is written with sensitivity and depth of thought.  A difficult subject is tackled carefully, without being preachy of heavily judgmental.  It can be read here      
http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/iomfats/shorts/the-lott ery-of-ears-and-necks.html

and I might suggest allowing two to five minutes extra to think about sections of the story, if necessary.  I have only seen, at most, four authors handle this topic or others in somewhart the same, very serious vein, somewhat well.  This story is done very well by the author, and I appreciate it.

It is well worth reading.

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Re: The Lottery of Ears and Necks, by It's Only Me Across the Sea  [message #75399 is a reply to message #75396] Tue, 15 January 2019 13:43 Go to previous message
timmy   United Kingdom

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I appreciate those thoughts very much, thank you.

There is a background for the story, which I need to attempt without spoilers. A 65 year old friend was, in his teens, in such a relationship with his scoutmaster, and was grateful for it. Except in the eyes of the law he was not a victim and it was not abuse. While we have to trust his judgement on that it also is open to question.

I have tried to present that dilemma in the tale and think, from your comments, that I may have got much of it right.  Thank you.





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