The Wedding Speech by Isabelle Broom

The Wedding Speech - Isabelle Broom

This story won a competition called the great British Write-Off, and it's very easy to see why.

 

It takes a pretty deft hand to depict the effect of one half of a lifelong friendship meeting their soulmate, the blooming romance that follows, take that all the way through to the best mans wedding speech and still manage to work in one hell of a twist, all in 22 pages.

 

This Is very well written. Even on a second read, when I can see the tiny bits of foreshadowing and see exactly how Broom is manipulating me, it still got me.

 

I actually cried. I'm a hardened old cynic but I swear to god, real actual tears. Maybe I have a brain tumour. Or maybe the story is just really well done.