"We look at each other for the longest two seconds, a knowing look, communicating something beyond the restraints of speech but to which we are both finely attuned; a common language...which, in its evolution, had turned our signals into pictures so vivid we were terrified of giving anything deeper than superficial away, and so we turn our heads, almost simultaneously, focusing our attention elsewhere."
When Stan's friend offers to be his personal trainer, the offer is too good to refuse. But the experience threatens to transform the pair in ways neither could have predicted.
"Every interaction was an opportunity to impress him, to teach him, to care for him. To make him love me. I wondered, in that moment, whether we could ever maintain a healthy relationship, or if I’d continue down a one way street of unrequited love."
When unrequited love occupies the largest part of your mind, it spills into your dreams. Charlie is the perfect boy, but he's an ocean apart even when in arm's reach. Oni is the story of a young man's unfulfilled romance and its manifestation in a world of Japanese mythology.
"I’d thought of where our activities might lead; whether we’d simply do what we’d agreed on the spot and deal with the aftermath as it spun around in our minds and dried up on our clothes and skin, or if, perhaps, in the heat of the moment, Jack would want to take things a step further."