I’ve been a fan of Lauren Groff’s since her wondrous novel, The Monsters of Templeton, was published, so when a story of hers crossed my desk, I read it with great interest. I was not disappointed. “Sir Fleeting”is the story of a love affair never consummated–full of whimsy and humor and romance. The moment when Ancel de Chair appears, I found myself falling for him, just as our narrator does, with his impeccable manners and diamond tie pin. He is a fantasy, and when the story turns, and begins to weave reality into this magical web, I felt the same splash of cold that came over our poor Bergere. This is classic, old-fashioned storytelling at its best, and I’m looking forward to Lauren Groff’s collection of stories, Delicate, Edible Birds, which will be published in January 2009. To find out more about Lauren and read about how she wrote “Sir Fleeting,” visit our Q&A.