I can't believe a short story like this could be so packed with feelings and events.
Ace is a spirit who's been traveling from person to person since when he was killed. He possesses bodies for fun and sex, until he gets tired of the person he's possessing and he jumps to another one. When he enters Dan's body, he's enthralled by the feelings he experiments especially toward Ricky, Dan's lover. Their relationship makes him curious and instead of going away as usual after the satisfying sex, he stays with Dan awhile, fascinated by Ricky, until he decides to jump into Ricky to understand more about his history and personality.
Ace is always more conscious than his hosts, it's like he's floating and his host's life is the water that makes him float. Sometimes he lets himself be carried away by his hosts, sometimes he makes himself go slowly under, sometimes he dives in them abruptly and he dissolves in them. The writing is really amazing, because the transition between Ace and his host is always seamless. I was fascinated by the way Ace melted with his hosts and how the jumping between two people that love each other affected him, making him lose the borders of his own self.
This is also the reason why the story was so rich even if it was short. Everything that happens is essential to the plot, we can see all the point of views, sometimes two at the same time, we can really participate in the life of the protagonists, because Ace sees everything, neither Dan nor Ricky can hide something from him and he becomes the means by which they take a hold of their life.
The personality of the characters are very interesting but I think in the end it's Ace that remains behind our reach, a true spirit, impossible to grab and define and probably to understand.
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