Gemütlich is my newest short story. It is about Thomas, whose wife has arranged a birthday party. Unfortunately, Thomas is a bit of an introvert, and the party, which should be enjoyable, becomes nothing but a reminder of his painful past. Presented as a .pdf for you enjoyment and enhanced portability, I hope that you enjoy taking a peek at my latest work.
Gemütlich is part of a series that I have started working on. Each story is inspired by a word from another language that is potentially difficult to explain in English. The stories are not necessarily a definition of the word, but rather, they are what the word makes me consider. In the case of Gemütlich, Thomas experiences what ought to be a situation filled with comfort, happiness, light festivity, hospitality, and general middle-class niceness, but reacts to it in a way that disengages him from the opportunity for joy.
I hope that you enjoy this story. If you have words that you would like to suggest for future installments, please feel free to leave some below.