Published: 9th June 2015
Author: Petra March
It takes 7 seconds to crash.
It takes 3 seconds to fall in love.
It takes an infinite moment to let go.
David Medwin’s life is fading away, and all he can think about is what it means to be alive.
An intense story about life, death and, most of all, love.
A short story this time but again beautifully written.
Right from the start you are drawn in and know something bad has happened. If you have read A Veil of Glass and Rain you will know the outcome and be wishing it could change. A life cut short by tragedy but also showing you to be the person you are and not wait to tell that person you love them. Life is too short.
They say your life flashes before your eyes before you die, or when in fear of it. That’s what happens for David. Instead of seeing everything though we get glimpses of key moments of his past. The ones where he truly started to see himself for who he really was and what he wanted.
Everything changes for David after an art lesson where his teacher showed them all pictures of Michelangelo’s David. He is confused but also excited by how seeing it makes him feel. While the others in his class make fun he can’t help but feel drawn to the features shown and want nothing more than to touch and explore. It’s after this lesson that he first meets Lily. She has her own quirky unusual style that draws him in. She is a nice distraction to feelings he’s not ready to explore yet. Especially when she says that she wants to kiss him.
Lily doesn’t kiss him straight away though but rather integrates herself into his world with his friends and family. Something he is happy about as she is such a great person and they seem to fit, to a point. It’s through her that he meets her friend Ari. Though it’s not a simple meeting, it’s in the middle of a fight. His friends are having a go at Ari due to what’s in his sketchpad. Something he is disgusted with them for. After getting Lily and Ari back to hers she then asks him to spend the afternoon with Ari while she’s called away for her theatre commitments’ as she doesn’t want him to be alone. This is the turning point for how he has been feeling lately. While walking with Ari he finally finds someone who really sees him. Ari gets him more then anyone else has, even his best friend Eagan, and when he sees the sketches Ari has done of him his desires come rushing back to the surface. A stolen kiss is all it takes to push them over the edge but is it something he is ready to handle.
We swap from present day to four years ago. Then it gets shorter – seven weeks, days, hours, minutes and finally seconds. It’s almost like a count down; one you wish you could stop. A powerful, beautifully written short story that will draw you in and hold you right up until the end.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.