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art by Melissa Mead

Time to Go

Erin M. Hartshorn is a desert rat (native Nevadan) transplanted to a humid climate. Her fiction has appeared both online and in print. She blogs a few times a week at erinmhartshorn.com.

Sally patted her grandmother's shoulder. "It's time to go."
"I don't want to. I can still be useful."
Sally's grip tightened. "Now, Grandma, we've discussed this. It's the best option."
Her grandmother fixed Sally with her sharp eyes. "I always said I didn't want to go to a home. Trust you to have found something worse." She shook her head. "I was looking forward to watching my great-granddaughter grow up, giving her advice, the way I did you."
"You can. That's the beauty of it. My daughter, and her daughter, and on and on. You'll make a great Download Doll."
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

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End-of-life decisions are always tricky, aren't they?

- Erin M. Hartshorn
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