Monday, March 17, 2014

Reader's Diary #1103- Katie Bickell: Four Blue Capsules

(This is a pre-scheduled post to appear while I road-tripping around Alberta.)

A very short story, flash in fact, "Four Blue Capsules" by Katie Bickell, manages to pack in a lot of serious emotion. It's clear from the very beginning that there's something amiss about what is otherwise presented as elderly couple, still very much in love. There's a touch of beauty in the tale, though it's got some heavy morality questions underneath that may determine how beautiful you might consider it. Perhaps not at all.

Like the better flash fiction stories, there's a slight mystery that never gets resolved, though the plot itself is still succinct and the characters still manage to hint at believable humanity, despite their very limited presence.

What if I’d taken the blue pill? by M i x y, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  M i x y 

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I enjoyed the story, although I wonder about the use of the title. To me, it announces the ending prematurely, since what else could "Four Blue Capsules" possibly refer to? It's a slight concern, though.