Saturday, May 31, 2008

V.O. by Betty Dravis

by Betty Dravis
Amazon Short

Charles, a respected banker in his sixties, takes a cruise with his wife and upon his return looks and acts much younger, as does his wife, who is now pregnant. When his elderly friend Walter inquires about this dramatic transformation, Charles tells him it lies with V.O. Asked to explain further, Charles swears Walter to secrecy and tells him about the cruise, where he and his wife were taken to a private room and there the most beautiful man and woman they had ever seen danced for them, culminating in the best meal they had ever eaten. Curious as to the mystery ingredient that made the meal so wonderful, they are simply told it is V.O. Walter, upon sponsorship by Charles, takes the cruise with his wife, and upon his return, Charles notes a dramatic improvement in his physical being, but is puzzled by Walter’s reluctant happiness over his transformation. It seems Walter figured out what V.O. means, and the reality of that is most horrible indeed.

Betty Dravis stands in the forefront as bestselling author of romance, mystery, and children’s books. Now she joins the ranks of Stephen King as writer of horror. The ability to incorporate such a brilliant plot -- which I’m sure King would have carried forward over 300 pages -- into a concise, well-written short story, speaks volumes of her talent. This is the first short story I’ve downloaded from Amazon and I’ve since ordered all written by Ms. Dravis, who has the unique ability to deliver a galvanizing plot which moves quickly, ending with a twist the reader does not see coming. Bravo!

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