We’re about two drafts in on what will probably be a three or four draft story.
The thing about short stories is that they don’t leave you any room for error. If a novel is like cruising along in a jetliner at 30,000 feet, a short story is like flying a WWI biplane at treetop level without a parachute. One mistake, and you’re toast.
This is why I keep telling people that writing a novel is a lot easier than writing a short story — it just takes longer.