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It Gets Easier

He’d never guess that his very courage to commit could be the cause of his own downfall.

Jake’s loved and lost, suffered failed relationships and felt real sorrow, but the new girl in his life may just be the one to finally put an end to that life.

His girlfriend Samantha is sweet and kind, full of joy, and the kind of girl Jake can be perfectly content sitting in complete silence with. It’s so comfortable, so easy, to fall completely for her. In fact, Jake would do anything for Samantha, anything at all.

Just returned from attending Samantha’s family reunion, Jake’s high as a kite, basking in the realization that he’s been officially accepted as one of the family. He can’t believe his luck, especially as he’s driving off into the sunset with Samantha herself and so looking forward to those precious, anticipated moments alone with her. What could possibly go wrong?

Thump thump resonates from the trunk of the car as they speed along the highway together.

Thump thump.

He falls head over heels for her… but not exactly in the way he intended.

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It Gets Easier

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A teasing story that begins deceptively as a teen romance and segues by many a clever twist into noir comedy and horror. It confutes the reader’s expectations all the way to a shocking close.

John Yeoman for Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award
Justine Avery’s short story, It Gets Easier: A Short Tale of Comical Catastrophe, is a fascinating fictional work. The story begins with Jake repeating his newly-conceived mantra, “It Gets Easier.” He is driving his girlfriend Samantha to an outlying reservoir, in her mother’s borrowed… Read full review
Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite


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