She Used to be a Man is a great short story by Nikki Crescent.
I easily related to this story being the athlete in college and having an unusual roommate, but the thrill of this story for me was when a member of the family arrived for the weekend. The title gives most of the story away, but Nikki builds up the characters at the beginning enough to keep you interested and then brings in raw emotion during the exciting moments of the story.
Many stories of this type can be very predictable, and this one generally does as well, but the details of the story will keep you interested and aroused. The common situation of distance between siblings added to the suspense of the initial reaction during the reunion, and the story being told by the roommate helped maintain some small mystery throughout.
The long conversation between Carl and Alice might turn off some who are just looking to “get off” but I found it very enjoyable and more than that believable. The story did have some peaks and valleys, and the conflict lasted longer than it probably should have, but it was a still a really good distraction and the ended was fitting for the characters.
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