For three years, Filo has reveled in silence and solitude as the sole occupant of a space station, where he maintains the communication satellite.
Everything changes with the appearance of Luz Espina’s lifepod. Filo shares many interests with the flirtatious Luz, though Filo’s isolation has strained his communication skills. Still, Luz pushes all his buttons… and reminds him of the last man he was attracted to—an attraction that ended in disaster because the man was straight. When Luz learns Filo has never celebrated a holiday, he vows to cobble together a Claus Day celebration for them to share. But is it merely a friendly gesture… or something more?
A well-developed short story. We get to know Filo in the few pages, how he ended up in his current position and a bit of his past. I felt a twinge of sadness for him, because he’d been alone for so long. Then, surprise, we meet Luz. Well not really, if you pay attention to when Filo catalogues the storeroom inventory, you get a hint.
Anyway, back to the story – Luz is larger than life and a welcome distraction on the lonely space station. He is fun and does not know the meaning of boundaries J When he finds out that Filo has never had a Claus day celebration, he sets about creating one for Filo. It was so sweet. For a short story, it includes loss, loneliness, humour, heat and a believable HEA.
Overall, it’s a good story, definitely one I’d reread.
3.5 stars out of 5