Ten-second review: He is about to kiss a girl whom he had considered well beyond his reach. He notes every detail as he prepares to kiss her. This is his latest success of many in his career. They are about to kiss, their eyes closing. They kiss. His eyes open slightly—and she is staring at him with her eyes wide open. The mood is shattered.
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman.