Story Title: ‘Sometimes the Only Way Out is In’ by Ben Cheetham
Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk)
Briefly: With his mother sick, young Finn is gripped by the fear that he will be taken into care, as he once was before. Arriving home from school to find the authorities searching for him, Finn makes the snap decision to run away to Wales to try and find his father. The only problem is he has little money and only a photo of his father for reference. Oh, and he does also have his imaginary companion Zack to help guide him.
Afterthoughts: This is a straightforward, very well told tale about a young boy who finds himself trying to make sense of a situation that is completely alien to him. What I love most about this story, aside from the characters and situations that arise, is the level of naivety that Cheetham has injected into his main character, Finn. One is inclined to think that Cheetham must have transgressed to his boyhood state when writing this story because he really does get into the mind of a ten-year-old. This is longest story of the collection by far, and it’s definitely one of the best in terms of readability and enjoyment.
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.