Ailsa Cox recommended Lucy Durneen’s writing to me a couple of months ago. I’ve only read this story of hers so far but it is brilliant. It is written in the second person. You are in love with a man you shouldn’t love. You are so hyper-aware you can see the various possibilities of everything you both say and don’t say.
The prose is lithe and fleet – every sentence is not the one you’d expect, the cumulative effect of which is like being in a sidecar to a missile.
First published in Litro Magazine, December 2014, and available to read here. Collected in Wild Gestures, ReadHowYouWant, 2017