“Cousin Charlotte’s Story” appeared in Ad Hoc Monadock Online, November, 2004.
Yet she was in there with all the others. They were all in there together, the diabetic, the palsied, the brittle-boned, the broken-hearted husbands who sobbed into the night for their missing wives. The most excruciating, mournful sobs that caused Charlotte to cry out as she lay in bed, Why can’t we sleep? Oh why can’t we all be medicated? What harm would it do? Because they were all in there together. She was in there with the others. The infirm. The incontinent. The demented.