Twisted Tales is the first anthology of short stories by C. A. Hewitson. Here are five short stories that lead the reader to five directions of reflection.
The Wrong Spirit — Parents will appreciate this story. This could be a paranormal family reunion story. Amelia never had a doubt as to who she was. She never expressed love for her mother or Tom, her dad. The pediatrician diagnosed autism but Amelia knew that was wrong. Amelia only expressed love for Mandy, a knit doll. The first crisis was at age three when Mandy disappeared, forgotten somewhere during a park outing. Tom found Mandy but the separation for Amelia had been so long that she had literally torn her hair out. By age five, Amelia was able to articulate clearly and completely the reason why she did not love her “mother” or Tom, her “father.” The reason she loved her doll, Mandy,” was also clear. When Amelia was nine, she attempted to end it all. Only the efforts of the mother she did not love saved her. It also gave the mother a determination to resolve the situation of why Amelia did not love her. She would not follow the latest doctor’s recommendation to accept the status quo. The twist to this ending is emotional and peaceful.
The Wormhole and Me — This story presents a new definition of “home.” Ronan Corby went to Mars. All he could think about on the long trip to Mars and then back to Earth was his family. As he was about to land, he thought about his wife Sonia, his son Tom and a baby for whom he did not know a name, only that his daughter would be seven months old. But that is not what happened. There had been that unexplained white light his spaceship had passed through on one leg of his journey. And now, after his return, Tom was a twenty-two-year-old. His daughter, Varlet, was seventeen and looked just like his wife Sonia when Ronan had taken off on his journey. Sonia was now forty-nine and looked her age. Ronan looked like he was still thirty-two because he was. And then there was Peter, Sonia’s husband of twelve years. To be fair, Sonia had waited, and grieved, for five years. The conflict and attempted resolution of the obvious marital conflict is interesting and one I would never be a part of. The relationship between Tom and Ronan seemed like it would be good until Ronan made a “small” mistake. The relationship between Ronan and Varlet, a father she never knew, was doomed. This is a very well described series of conflicts. Readers should join the author in saying to Ronan “Welcome Home.”
My Giant: A Love Story — If you have never read the story “Jack and the Beanstalk,” do that first. This is a love story, not so much an “angry” story. Hewitson has a lot of fun with description in this tale. The comparisons of living space requirements between groups which live in a world of different size requirements are interesting. Hewitson explores the emotional relationship between Penelope and Neo thoroughly. It’s not about racial differences this time. See if you can find the ending in this story.
My Brother’s Entity — Before reading this, do a self-diagnosis. If you believe you are schizophrenic, don’t read this. You might be reading about your other self. Mandel and Oscar/Oz were two brothers with very different personalities. Mandel was brave, outgoing, adventurous, and an all-around bad boy. Oz was the opposite but as they grew up together, Mandel tried to help him discover a more exciting life. Mandel introduced Oz to alcohol, Mandel’s friend introduced Oz to sex. Mandel always urged Oz to push the envelope in all things. Then Oscar met Hilda, a librarian. The relationship took a long time to develop but when Oscar and Hilda finally decided to marry, it was time for Mandel to step in. Could Mandel rescue Oz from foolishness? Read the story to find out how he tried and if he succeeded.
My Time Travelling Mind — This is an emotionally powerful story involving time travel. Elle Moss was the most popular girl at Dulcey High School. As she described herself “The boys wanted her (me) and the girls wanted to be her (me).” (Kindle Location 1671). Elle parted hard and studied little. She got most of her sleep during class. This did not sit well with school authorities and she was ordered to attend a meditation class. Changes were deep and profound. Peg could take over her “Queen of School” duties and her boyfriend. Elle had other things to do. This is the final story of Anthology One. If you have read this far, how can you not read Anthology Two?
I gave this five Amazon stars because I found the storytelling unique in its genre of short stories. And, as I mentioned, on to Anthology Two, another collection of stories from this talented writer.