“The Hole Where Andy Used to Be” by Sean Vivier (“fantasy” short story)
In the past three or four issues there have been holes where FFO‘s speculative fiction used to be. Three of this issue’s four pieces are “Literary” and even this one is labeled “Fantasy, Literary.” The last term is the more apt one as this is not fantasy but a figurative conceit. It’s only about five hundred words but, since it never makes an advance over the first sentence, it seems long. A husband and father has probably died or possibly been divorced (which should be clearer) and he leaves an actual hole in his loved ones’ lives which is difficult to “fill.” However clever and true this may be, it needs more to be a story.