It's a story that he hasn't told anyone for fifty years. A secret that he's kept ever since he grew tired of the disbelieving faces and doctors' reports advising medication. He's been careful. He hasn't even touched a single drop of booze since that one, fateful evening.
This is why his decision on this day - the decision to have three drinks - will change the life of bright young waitress Lisa Willoughby forever. For today, the Man on Table Ten has decided that he wants to share his incredible tale.
Lisa's been around old drunks before. She's heard her fair share of unlikely urban legends and creepy stories; tall bar room tales of science fiction that made her roll her eyes while wearing a plastered-on smile. But today is different. The Man on Table Ten is different. True, this mysterious stranger's story of psychic abilities and supernatural creatures is straight out of The Twilight Zone... but there is something about his impossibly blue eyes that Lisa just cannot ignore.
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Great short story
Despite being short it is filled with things that make you think. I really like books that make you reflect on the characters and events that happen and how you might deal with that situation if you were in it. This is one that had me thinking about it for ages!
When it dawns on you partway through his story why he was acting so strangely at the beginning and realising how he must have been feeling.
I really like it when authors narrate their own books, you then know how things are supposed to be said or expressed that can be ambiguous in the text. You get much more of a feel of exactly how the author imagined it and how they intended it to be understood. I also think Luke is a great narrator, he has a really nice tone of voice for it.