When was the last time you remembered you were in love?
Paul Summerfield is stunned by the gentle reminder it has been over a year since he and his partner, Evan, have made love. He vows to take Evan out for Valentine’s Day. Dinner and sex. Lots of sex. There’s only one catch—he’s supposed to be in San Francisco that week cataloging the art collection of an important new client. No problem, he’ll just change his schedule and cut his trip short by a day.
In San Francisco, Paul struggles with regrets and the fear his love is slipping away from him. Every call to Evan seems only to prove the distance between them is increasing. All this, and a key piece of his client’s catalog is caught up in customs. To keep their Valentine’s date, Paul will have to choose between the career he’s built over fifteen years and the man he’s loved for just as long.
Kelly Jensen writes about how important it is to keep your relationship front and center in When Was the Last Time. In between flashbacks and present time we see from Paul’s view how his relationship has gotten to this place.
I do not want to give anything away as this is a short story, but it packs the appropriate punch reminder. There are no bad guys in this story. No cheating. Just life getting busy as it does. Jensen just gives us a reminder through Paul and Evan to not take each other for granted in a non-preaching way. A great Valentine reminder that love is just not one day a year.
Publisher: (Dreamspinner Press, 9781634770446, 2016)
Pages: 47; Sex: PG-13