Does Anyone Care for You on a Regular Basis – David Gaffney (from his collection, Aromabingo).
Another story from this collection (which I have been dipping into on the side, while reading other stories for this challenge) and another corker. There’s a small lull after the excellent opening where I was jarred a bit by an unclear detail that had me flicking back to check something. Not sure if the fault is with me or the story has a weak spot. That said, the remaining three quarters of the story are inspired, the unreliable narrator, an unlikely counsellor, is both likeable and worrying to watch as he tries to help his various clients. The upsweep to the ending is well orchestrated and the ending itself is both funny and little disturbing. For some reason this story left me thinking of the ever excellent Green Wing. Which is the best kind of compliment I could give it.