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Rusty's Surprise by Zach Sweets
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Feb 05, 2012

really liked it
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This is a very short story revolving around Rusty and his Valentine Day surprise for his love, Hal. Rusty works at a construction company and begins the day a little irritated at coworkers who “forget” that Rusty is Deaf, and so don’t take the time to allow him to lip read, or won’t repeat what was said. Rusty heads home to give Hal an overdue surprise, including his favorite dinner and dessert. He also went all out and had the basement of their home converted into a bomb shelter, complete the survival rations, generators and a cozy set up. More than just Rusty being paranoid about apocalypse, it would serve as a place for the two to get away from it all, and spend time together.
As always with Mr. Sweet’s work, I love the insight into the communication aides for the Deaf culture, such as the videophone with lights that flash to alert there is a call. It helps give me an understanding of an aspect of life I am not familiar with.
The story chronicles the Valentine’s Day surprise and evening for this couple, an established couple for five years, and the work it takes sometimes to put the tech away and focus on the couple. A little interaction with a sex swing is also helpful! It is a sweet Valentine's Day story.

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