(from The Literary Review, Spring 2008)
Really, it’s just Helle who’s not talking. She so good at not interacting with our narrator that I started to wonder if Helle was merely a ghost, or a memory. But this is a short short story, and that notion is laid to rest soon enough. Things do take a turn in the final few paragraphs, with the blissful, natural vibe giving way to something unexpected and shocking. Did not see it coming.