The Stopping Place by Lily Morton is such a lovely short story. Originally written for Heart2Heart charity anthology, the author edited it and enlarged it to incorporate a epilogue here.
Many of my favorite Lily Morton elements are at play here. There’s age gap, past trauma to overcome, and men who will find themselves in the midst of a sea change, unknowingly so.
And it starts , as do all her chapters and books, with a memorable quote.
“I am no traveler; you are my world.”
Daphne du Maurier
My Cousin Rachel
Yes, I’m sunk immediately.
So opens the tale of Simeon Frith and Ziggy Tuesday.
We see that’s Simeon had an injury and his friend has placed an ad for a companion to help with things and walk his dog.
Yes dogs or a cat are another element with Morton.
We see that. Then Simeon and Ziggy having sex. From there , time folds in and around as we see what brought Ziggy into Simeon’s life, their life together…. And the decisions when it gets closer to the cast coming off and time for Ziggy’s departure.
These are layered, real people. The scenes emotional if quiet. And the air filled with the sounds of the sea .
Such a beautiful journey, such lovely men…. And dogs.
Even a brief story like The Stopping Place by Lily Morton will fill you with a quiet joy.
I’m highly recommending it.
Simeon Frith is recovering from a car accident at his house in Cornwall. He’s a successful man and usually very self-sufficient, but after attempting to open a can of baked beans with a brick, he realises that he needs help. However, he never imagined that putting an advert in the paper for an assistant would result in the gorgeous Ziggy Tuesday sauntering into his life.
The much younger Ziggy is fun and free-spirited, and an attraction quickly grows between them. When they finally sleep together and Ziggy insists that it be completely strings-free, Simeon can’t believe his luck. However, to his horror, he develops unforeseen feelings for the laidback surfer, and he can’t stop them, despite knowing that Ziggy will always leave. It’s what he’s done all his life.
From bestselling author Lily Morton comes a short story about a summer fling that is going to change two men’s lives forever.
This story originally appeared in the third Heart2Heart charity anthology. It has had a new scene and an epilogue added to it.