Gus is about an ex-policeman who has been attacked and burnt by yobs. He is a survivor of an horrific attack and just get by, day by day. It is the story of one day in his life, his last day, as it is said in the first sentence. You cannot help but want to cry ''hang on there, there is something they can do, let her phone for help''.
The thing that hit me most is that Gus, in his despair, never thought of taking his own life, or this is not told in the story. So, the irony of the end did not escape me, because somewhere, deep down, Gus must have had some hope, hope that someone else took away.
I seldom read short stories and I do not like swearing. Yet, I have enjoyed this short story, because the author has really managed to capture Gus' emotions and to pass them onto the reader. The swearing was just to show Gus' frustration towards the world. I do not think other words could have described it as accurately.
Only 11 pages, but very emotionally charged. Keep a tissue close by if you cry easily (like me).
And it is free at the time of this review, so , take advantage of it to download it.