Hosho McCreesh has been featured many times on my blog Poet Hound at http://poethound.blogspot.com for his poetry but he also writes short stories which I enjoy reading, also. His latest short story, Something That’s True, intertwines the lives of a stripper, an auto mechanic and the mechanic’s waitress girlfriend who happens to be cheating on him. Although the auto mechanic is sitting at a strip club he is the one who behaves himself and the story showcases the fascinating personalities of the moral and the immoral.
The small moments between characters are captured vividly, the way Brooklyn at the strip club tries to encourage Gil, the mechanic, to spring for a dance as he sips his beer to the moment Gil’s loneliness compels him to encourage Brooklyn to stay by offering her a drink. The unlikely pair begin a conversation about life in the club before she goes onstage and works the crowd. Gil’s mixed feelings as he watches her lead us to realize he’s a moralistic man, especially when he beckons her to return to continue talking. When we meet Cathy, the waitress dating Gil, we learn about her sarcasm and wit, her morals versus Gil’s. Cathy mouths off to her boss while working her shift, her friend and fellow waitress eating up every moment of it. When the Sherriff’s SUV pulls up we get to meet the man Cathy’s seeing on the side, we also get to see what happens when Gil arrives. I can’t give you the ending, you’ll have to read it for yourself as this whirlwind of love gone awry continues. You will be entertained to the last, your heart lurching with Gil’s every move.
War Medal will make your skin crawl in a profound way as it details the story of a 12 year old boy spending the day with his father's best friend from the Army Days, Buck. Buck is a man struggling with his own life story and Henry is eager to learn more about his father and enjoys Buck's idiosyncracies, a great story that leaves you in suspense.
Fat Chance is about Patrick, a working class man who has high hopes for his evening after a woman he knows and likes calls to ask if she can crash at his place. This story will leave you rooting for the underdog, to find out how it ends, you'll have to read it for yourself.