Stop Me Falling
An erotic short story of about 8000 words.
Paul is a man resigned to being one of those men who sleeps around and never falls in love. Then he meets David, who’s training for the next Olympics, and things change.
WARNING – Contains graphic scenes of sex between two men.
This was a hot short story, but in many ways it was about much more than the sex. Paul and David are two lonely and hurting men who meet in a bar and quickly fall in lust with each other. Their hot hookup turns into a sort of intimate confessional, in which we learn about the hurts and self-revelations each man has had to face in leading up to this moment, this shared time and space.
Fallon writes in a very easy and flowing style, making the story a quick and satisfying read. He does a good job of weaving together emotions, backstory, and sex. I always find sex much hotter when the writer gives the reader a reason to care about the characters and for the characters to grow through sex (and not just in the dirty double-entendre way). Sex can and should be used in fiction as an element of character development — something that Fallon very capably and carefully does.
While Stop Me Falling is a short story and a quick read, it’s a very satisfying one. Fallon has used these 8,000 words to craft a complete story — including characters who grow and develop and a relationship that flourishes (and hits a few rocky patches) — and he does it without rushing the story. It’s very well written.