David Mitchell is an author I tend to associate with big, sweeping novels and revolutionary styles. But he’s equally good at short, unflashy fiction. In Mitchell’s short but stellar “In the Bike Sheds,” narrator Heather stumbles across a cruel prank being set up by her classmates, and is torn between her need to be a decent person and her need for self preservation. There’s a lot going on beneath the surface of this story, but at it’s heart is an emotional reaction I bet most people have felt at some point.
You can read “In the Bike Sheds” here.