Author:A. F. McKeating

    He stayed home one day, complaining of stomach pains.

    “Are you all right, my love?” she asked, her eyes bright withinterest.

    He staggered to the bathroom, retching. She shut the door.

    “It’ll pass,” she said.

    She listened on the landing. Gradually, he grew quieter.

    She made supper. She took a walk on the beach and watched the waves. She thought about how there were worse things than old age.

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    This story first appeared on in 2010.

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