I give a lot of thought to dementia and Alzheimer’s. It could be because my wife has an aunt with the latter, or due to hearing of prominent people (Ronald Regan, Terry Pratchett) who have wound up with it. Then again, it’s more likely on my mind because my own memory always seems to be in continuous decline. I wondered about a different, fantastic reason for all the confusion. What if you lost track of which of the infinite alternate realities (and memories) was yours. “The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker was the result.”
Here’s the blurb:
Are we simply the sum of the choices we’ve made? What happened to all the other possibilities?
Grant can’t keep his reality in focus. His daughter thinks he’s having senior moments, but he knows that’s not it – those voices he’s hearing just don’t care how embarrassing they make things. He’s never been one to talk to himself, but maybe it’s time. How else will he know if his life is coming apart or coming together?
What does it all add up to? Read it and find out.
And here’s the excerpt:
“What caused it?” Jenny asked. “Did he hit his head when he fell?”
Grant lay on the bed in the emergency room, feeling more foolish and useless than ever as he listened to her talk with her doctor about his condition. What hospital was this, anyway?
“No, there are no signs of concussion,” Dr. Grayson said. “Did either of his parents have memory problems?”
“Grandpa Joe died when I was twelve,” Jenny said. “I think he was having trouble remembering who we were there at the end.”
“Of course, I would need to run some tests to be certain, but it could be a form of dementia,” Dr. Grayson said. “Maybe Alzheimer’s.”
There’s nothing wrong with my mind, Grant thought. He hated it when they talked like he wasn’t there. Dr. Grayson wasn’t even looking at him. Dr. Meyers would have never done that.
“Why aren’t we talking to Dr. Meyers?” the voice asked. “He’s closer to my age than this kid.”
Dr. Grayson and Jenny turned toward Grant, and he realized he had spoken out loud.
“Daddy, be nice,” she said. “Dr. Grayson is a good doctor – he’s just trying to help.”
“That’s all right, Jenny,” Dr. Grayson said. “It’s perfectly natural that he wishes he had his old doctor.”
“He is my doctor,” Grant said.
“Daddy, Dr. Grayson has been your doctor ever since you moved in with me.”
“Why would I move in with you? Your mother and I have our own place.”
“Mom…” Jenny started, but she stopped when Dr. Grayson shook his head.
…is dead, Grant thought.
“No, she’s not,” the voice said. “We were just out walking…”
“Who’s saying that?”
“Saying what, Mr. Decker?” Dr. Grayson asked.
“What am I doing in this hospital bed? I was just in the park.”
“Where’s Mary?” Grant asked.
“She must have gone back to the house. Why isn’t she here?”
“Stop confusing me!” Grant shouted.
“I’m going to give him something to calm him,” Dr. Grayson said.
Is Grant really losing it – or is he gaining something else? “The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker” is a speculative fiction short story, and is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
“The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker” is also included in the collection Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND:
Which is itself included in the mega-collection The Next Three ‘Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND’
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