I’m having to play serious catch up after all the crazy traveling these last two months so get ready! For week 12, I drew the ten of hearts which leads me back to Katey Schultz’s Flashes of War and her story “Permanent Wave”. Deal Me In is sponsored by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. You can find the general guidelines and my list for this year from this post.
This story is barely even a page so a nice ease back into all the short story reading I’m about to do and a nice break from the tomes I’ve been reading (posts are coming on those also :)). “Permanent Wave” tells the story of Daniel who lost his right arm in Iraq. We are introduced to Daniel as he’s getting ready to throw the first pitch at a Mariner’s game. The story is from Daniel’s point of view and everything he thinks leading up to the pitch. Schultz does a good job of packing in a bit of emotion into such a short piece. I found I didn’t need the story of everything else that Daniel went through – this was just enough to make me really think about what he was feeling at the time. I think the word “poignant” would definitely apply to this story.