Mr. Witherspoon wheeled himself to the porch again. His caregiver Stella watched empathically. She had lost count of the number of times the octogenarian had gone to the main door since morning. His eyes lit up every time he heard a vehicle, and he rushed out with excitement, only to return disappointed. This was the first time that he had been away from Rose, his wife and companion of 67 years.
In all these years, they hadn’t spent a single night away from each other and now some strange unknown virus had separated them.
He sighed as his eyes searched for her again.
These excerpts are from my short-story ‘Till Death Do Us Part.’ It is one of the 21 stories which are a part of ALS 2020: An Anthology of Short Stories published by Asian Literary Society. Winning stories of the annual awards contest and selected stories inked by erudite writers from the Asian Literary Society community have been included in this collection. These stories have been written on many thought-provoking topics.