It never ceases to amaze me when writers are able to develop such rich characters in the space of a short story, or even more impressively, a flash short story.
In Rolli’s “Were I The Leaves, I’d Be Dead,” though there are just three short paragraphs, one cannot help learn about a couple of characters (a mother and child) and of their tragic relationship— tragic because the child overhears some things that are obviously difficult to deal with.
Though the tone of the story is sad and with a hint of accusation, I found it compelling how much empathy Rolli made me feel for these characters. The mom needed an emotional outlet, the child unfortunately heard whenever she found one. It’s not a complicated plot, just some of life’s more unpleasant moments.
With a title like that, you weren’t expecting Ferris wheels and cotton candy, I hope.