I remember you told me your father had died that day.
You had sat up, and pulled the sheets over your stomach.
Your back was straight against the headboard.
I sat on the edge of the bed, next to you, turned to you, naked.
You didn’t look at me when you said it.
I felt bad. I didn’t know what to say. I said: I’m sorry.
You were silent.
Do you want to talk about it?
You looked at me, and then looked back down again. You looked like my son.
‘And Then,’ Love Is Sweeter
‘HC Hsu’s stories linger, remain and clutch the audience long after reading.
A wonderfully innovative collection. A writer to watch.’
– Michael Graves (author of Dirty One)
Part 1. Tree, Leaves, and Other Things
Eric – Tree – Gabe – Virgil – Azure – Aki
Adam – Kevin – Noah – Chad – Rene – I, Claudius
Part 2. Love Is Sweeter
And Then – As If – For Now – Of Course – What Else