Reviewed: 2014-03-21 - (Review Updated: 2015-10-01)
Moral dilemmas abound in the short story The Auction by Tedbiker. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where slavery is legal and life is a struggle. I will not describe the story past the description to avoid spoilers. I will say that there are a number of dilemmas faced by the protagonist Andrew with the situation being the antagonist of the story. Issues include communications, relationship building, slavery versus compassion just to name a few.
Plot is not something that can be developed to any depth in a short story. Having said that Tedbiker does a very credible job of introducing conflict and developing characters in such a short story. I had emotional attachment to the characters and the situation which for myself are the hallmarks of good fiction. Slavery is a component of the story and in the codes though you will not find any scenes of abuse in the story. Any abuse in the story is either hearsay or inferred. I believe this is a very underrated story based on the score given. Ted is from the United Kingdom and does not write in American English. I only mention it as there are some readers whose reading experience is thrown off by non-American English (either UK or Australian). Ted uses UK English grammar, spelling and terms when writing so be warned.
Sexual Content: There are graphic descriptions of sex in the story. I found them to be in harmony with the story and not out of place. Despite the slavery code there are no scenes of BDSM Sex in the story
I highly recommend this story as a well written short story that addresses certain moral dilemmas. For those looking for a BDSM story with sex slaves,this is not that kind of story.
I have opted not to use the number ratings and only offer a written review. I hope that you still find my reviews helpful despite the lack of a numerical rating. As always, feedback is always welcome.