Eric's Gift is a TADS 3 interactive fiction story and is © 2002 by Joao Mendes. This work was entered in IF Comp 2002 where it took 16th place.
Review by David Welbourn
I'm somewhat fond of this sad, short tale, mostly because it was so good at conveying a dreamlike quality in its prose. Moonlight, darkness, sadness, inevitability – it conveys all that.
On the down side, it is very short, very much on the rails, and there's far far too much s/he 'seems to know what you're thinking' going on.
The café sequence also suffered from what I call "ballroom paralysis", which often happens to me in ballrooms in other games and where my only options seem to be drinking wine and making conversation, except that I've run out of topics to ask about. Only in this case I was drinking coffee. Turns out there's more you can do with coffee than just drink it.