By Louis Begley
Fleeing the cave in of his first marriage, Max turns into a summer-house visitor on Lake Como and meets males who will form his life--Charlie, a recognized architect and Toby, his startlingly attractive male spouse.
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In truth, Martha remained convinced that there was more to the forest than met the eye, but she wasn’t about to tell Saul that. Saul looked Martha up and down, as if assessing her suitability to be a companion on his trip. ‘All right,’ he said at last. ‘We’ll meet over by the lake. ’ He bowed to both women, and then was gone. Kristine continued to stare into the middle distance, a distracted look on her face. ‘Petr told us about the missing children,’ said Martha quietly. ’ Kristine managed a weak smile.
With all that was going on in the village, it was surely only a matter of time before the unease and disruption spread further afield. He’d found nothing in his rope traps, though the bait had gone from a couple. The wolves – or whatever they were – seemed to be getting cleverer by the day. Still, it only took one slip, one newcomer to the forest who didn’t recognise the tell-tale signs. . Saul had replaced the meat before heading off to the traps in the north and west of the forest. He hoped he’d have better luck there.
She supposed the forest was preferable to a space station full of dust and bodies. And there was always the chance that they’d find themselves back in the research craft before too long – or maybe even back in the TARDIS. ‘It is beautiful,’ she admitted. ’ ‘Of course,’ said the Doctor. ’ ‘Piece of cake,’ said the Doctor. ’ ‘Five minutes. ’ Two hours later and they were still going. Martha wasn’t convinced that this was because they were in an especially large forest; instead, she suspected that they were simply going round in circles.
As Max Saw It by Louis Begley