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Gold, the short story

15 pages11 minutes


This is the scheming, steamy, suspenseful, bizarre 3,000-word short story from July 2011 that preceded the 80,000-word novel Gold, a summer story (2013). Some of the characters, scenes, and plot in this quick-read beach tale were used in the later novel. The action takes place in Carolina Beach, Wilmington, and Fort Fisher, NC, USA. Revised and reformatted for kindle and most other readers.

Mr. Malloy: not present

Sex: overheard by one character

Violence: contemplated

Drug usage: yes, copious by one character

Strangeness: moderate

Vengeance: contemplated

> Download both Gold ebooks and contrast and compare the stories. See what characters were kept and which ones got cut. Notice if the prevailing themes change or not.

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