This was frustrating because I really loved Mack. I thought he was amazing for sticking around as long as he did. The problem was I did sort of like Dean in the sense I felt sorry for him, but I just didn't know about him and Mack. Losing someone is really hard, and everyone reacts differently, but I don't think it's fair to bring others in and fight so hard to keep them when you've made them feel so unloved.
I'm giving this 4 stars because of Mack, and because I did think it was a pretty good short when I compare it to others I've read.