The Joker by Georgia Rose is a short story and part of a “Grayson Trilogy.” The story challenged my idea of what I thought a short story should be. I feel short stories should have some form of conclusion. This story does not. The most interesting part of the story was not part of the story. Just before the story beginning is a quote: “Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn’t try it on.” Attributed to Billy Connolly. I don’t know who Billy Connolly is. I have no idea what the relevance of the quote to the story is. But it was the most exciting part of the story, not a good thing.
Will Carlton wakes up with a hangover from alcohol and a leftover girl from the night before. Musings over whether he should call this woman ever again occupies Will’s mind. The two-part.
Will goes back to his ranch for a quick cup of coffee and different clothes before starting a workday on the farm. Sleep is not necessary. Gathering two ranch hands, he goes to see a woman who manages horses. He has never met her before. They shake hands. He is instantly in lust. Story ends.
How is this a short story? It might be a teaser, part of a prequel, or a writing sample, but I cannot see how it is a short story. I blame whoever writes promotional description for Prolific Works on this. If they accept author written descriptions, then I blame the author and Prolific Works.
The writing is fine to interesting, but the content is “meh.” Georgia Rose’s follow on novels might be great but my pique at having my time wasted in this way will lead me to avoid other works by this author.