Deal Me In 2020 – Week 9
For Week 9 of my Deal Me In 2020 short story project, the Deal Me In fates gave me a second author in a row who has had his writing turned into highly acclaimed films. Two of Walter Tevis’s novels were adapted into films starring Paul Newman: The Hustler and The Color of Money.
Tevis’s short story “Rent Control” is included in Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories edited by Morris Allen Grubbs. Check out my Deal Me In 2020 list here. Deal Me In is hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis.
The premise of “Rent Control” is a simple one even if it’s a little odd. Terry and Edith figure out that they can stop time whenever they touch each other while they are in Edith’s loft bed. When they stop touching, time starts up again. At least it works this way for them. Who knows what is going on with the rest of the world? So they gradually begin seeing how much time or how much stopped time they can spend in bed. It becomes humorous the lengths they go to but it seems to work for them:
Deep in themselves they had become a Pharaoh’s dream of endless time; they had found the pyramid that kept the flow of the world away.
As one might think, things don’t stay “dreamy”. Controlling time this way isn’t everything that it’s cracked up to be. The story is funny and maybe thought-provoking but this premise is pretty much it. In a word – entertaining.
Are you familiar with Walter Tevis? Have you read any of his short stories or novels?