Short Story Review: Sara’s Unexpected Detour
Written By: Jeff Behnke
The exploration of paranormal themes in any work, whether that be by a new writer or one who has run circles around the subject matter for years, is something that I support wholeheartedly. In the short story, Sara’s Unexpected Detour, one new writer who goes by the pseudonym Reba Rymers spreads her creative wings and writes of her own understandings of paranormal topics, tyranny, and love. The heroine of the story is Sara who is relatively shy of her psychic gifts and avoids drawing attention to herself. Only her closest friends and family know of her skills, and she would like to keep it that way. Reality, however, has a mind of its own, and in Sara’s case, that reality ultimately takes that form of an interdimensional vortex which opens up before her and forces her to use those talents to save a group of rebel misfits. The objective of this group is to end the tyranny that they have witnessed in their world--a dimension which, if you have ever read a conspiracy theory, will sound quite familiar.
Reba writes of Sara’s gift in a fictional sense, even though there are elements of the story which are apparently pulled from the author’s life. Understanding this, after finishing the piece, I tried to process the emotions and motivations that Reba had for writing it. The core problem in the story, once Sara goes through the vortex, entails ending the reign of the monarchy who persecute people relentlessly in a manner similar to our own New World Order. In our world, they have spoken loud and clear of their cold intentions, and writers such as Reba who see and understand that this is the world in which they are inheriting listen sadly, asking themselves, what could I do to save the people from it all so we can enjoy our lives and be in harmony with nature? We’re all here for a reason--is this mine? Am I here to fix this mess? But how? What could I do? What could we all do? Each and every one of us have gifts--let’s all use them to make this world a better place and end the destructive forces at work around us. This theme of wanting to fix it all and help humanity comes across in Reba’s first work, loud and clear.
If you are looking for an extremely polished narrative and plot, however, look elsewhere--but this is a good first attempt. Despite that, I could see quite clearly the elements and themes that Reba is working with as she writes--and I assure you that if you take an hour or two to read it, you will see them as well. So, until your next novel, Reba, keep on writing--and we’ll keep reading.
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