Educated in mathematics and trained in research, I have spent ten years writing White Papers for corporations on emerging technologies. My current writings reflect an eclectic interest in the impact these new technologies may impose on individuals and social groups. My latest research into programming genetic code and brain development has led to the COHORT novels: Deadly Awakenings, Evolutis Rising, OnSet/ReSet, and Genecaust. The series of novels is supported by several short stories that demonstrate people dealing with the personal and social consequences of the emerging science, of Epigenetics; the ability to re-program inheritable genetic code. Through logical extensions of this promising science, new powers emerge, including the ultimate social-network and possibility of extremely long life.
The Commitmentby E L Russell
The first two paragraphs introduce Alice’s dilemma:Alice could tell that it was time for Fred to die. During the past seven of their fifty-eight years of marriage, she had been expected to spend an increasing amount of time seeing to his needs. These expectations were self-imposed and realized by Alice’s strong sense of duty. Long ago she gave her
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The first two paragraphs introduce Alice’s dilemma:Alice could tell that it was time for Fred to die. During the past seven of their fifty-eight years of marriage, she had been expected to spend an increasing amount of time seeing to his needs. These expectations were self-imposed and realized by Alice’s strong sense of duty. Long ago she gave her word that for better or worse, she would love, honor, and obey Fred in every way. She had always loved him and he never demanded beyond her ability to obey. However, the time for honor was at hand.
At first, all that Fred required, beyond the usual daily chores of a traditional wife and companion, was assistance with his shoes and socks. Then he developed a habit of dropping anything in his grasp. What was worse, Fred seemed unable to retrieve anything once he dropped it. Alice would often find Fred standing looking down woefully at some precious possession beyond his reach, or caring, on the floor below.
I believe you will enjoy reading about Alice’s resolution to her commitment and appreciate the humor in her solution.
E L Russell
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Excellent. This short story lead me merrily along to a surprise ending. I smiled and gasped. A quick entertaining read.
A very good, quick read. Humor and surprise...