Sashinder sits upright on the bed in her nightdress, a resting Buddha, a young woman not quite inhabiting her circumstances.
‘I doubt if anyone can tell you how to die,’ she says. ‘Doctors always believe in their power to heal – they have to.’
Until last year Sashinder was training to be a doctor.
I observe her smooth plump skin and naked scalp, I feel her elusive sense of absence, of leaving a space for others to fall into.
‘I’ve been alone in here so long.’ She glances across at her laptop screen. ‘And now the world itself is joining me.’
Mike Fox’s stories have appeared in journals in Britain, Ireland, America, Australia and Singapore. His story Blurred Edges (Lunate Fiction), gained Pushcart Prize nomination. His story The Homing Instinct (Confingo), was included in Best British Short Stories 2018 (Salt). www.polyscribe.co.uk or @polyscribe2.