As a character study, I suppose I enjoyed Cynthia Flood "Apology." As a short story, I did not. I found the plot to be lacking in direction and dull. It's about an older woman named Edith being lackadaisically confronted by her friends about a few of her recent misdemeanors. Essentially, I supposed, one could make the case that this isn't one short story, but three collected flash fictions, anecdotes about Edith's transgressions. I like flash fiction. I could possibly get behind "Apology" after all.
Nope. They're just mundane little tales, gossipy and petty, barely interesting. Sure they're realistic. And sure I got some sense of who Edith was. But so what?