Sitting upon my luggage by the front door, noises of their lovemaking and giggling wash over me through the walls.
Smiling, I stand, heft my belongings, and leave, closing the door gently behind me.
My paraplegic brother will be happy now with a woman to love.
I am finally free.
Nora is a writer from Iraq. She enjoys writing novels, flash fiction, and poetry. In her spare time, she likes to take short walks or spend time looking through articles and documentaries.
Of course it was not a sensible thing to do. To switch or not to switch, that was the question.
Horatio’s successful twin brother suffered from dementia. Heartlessly watching his brother’s decay, Horatio wished he could be pampered, fed, lullabied and tucked in bed.
Just for a day. Or two.
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He once admired her quiet efficiency.
But now she moves cheerfully through her task and he knows that he will never look her in the eye again.
“There you go, all clean.”
He arranges his face into a smile as his wife tucks the clean sheets around his failing body.
Delancey Stewart is a fiction writer living in Southern Maryland. When no indulging her imagination, she works for the man as a tech writer and tends two small boys who, her husband assures her, are hers. Find her at delanceystewart.wordpress.com.