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Short story – “The Thing About Cassandra” by Neil Gaiman

“The Thing About Cassandra” is a story in Neil Gaiman’s latest collection of short fiction, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances.

An excellent twist in the tail story. Once again I have to be careful not to give too much away.

Stuart is at a stag party for a friend, and is told that his first girlfriend, Cassandra, who he lost his virginity to twenty years before when he was fifteen, wants to get in touch with him again. However, being at an age when there is a lot of pressure from peers to have girlfriends and sexual experiences, he had made her up. She was imaginary, but based on some photos he found outside a photo booth.

There is a lot more to it than this, but he does eventually meet his imaginary girlfriend.

This is a great story. Loved it. Brilliant. And it has an ending (which the one yesterday kind of didn’t have).

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