Story Title: ‘Assassination Scene’ by Jason Atkinson.
Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk)
Briefly: Daniel works as an agent for the Federal Energy Commission. His position is mundane and routine – much like his life – but it’s a job for life and it will guarantee a pension if he just sticks with it. One day a bit of colour enters Daniel’s grey life, when he hears that the new girl Sadie is directing a theatre play.
Afterthoughts: I rather enjoyed this story from American writer Jason Atkinson. It apparently marks Jason’s debut into the world of short fiction writing, but one wouldn’t think so. The story is tight and the dialogue sharp, but given that Jason is, by profession, a screenwriter (and a musician), then one can see why his debut effort may be better than others.
Assassination Scene is one of these tales where not a great deal happens. That said, it captures a precise moment in a person’s life when a key spark is (hopefully) ignited. Short stories are all about capturing and celebrating the minuscule triumphs in life – moments that are so easily washed over in works of longer length – and in this story Jason manages splendidly, to shine a spotlight on one man’s minor victory.
This story was read as part of a review of the Various Authors Anthology, Volume 1. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.