REGRET, A PORTRAIT
by Tari Gwaemir
A scene in a hospital.
"How is he?"
"Sleeping. The doctor gave him a sedative."
"Is he...is he going to be all right?"
"I don't know. It's the second time he's collapsed."
"The doctor said his condition was critical."
A long pause. The two boys stood side by side as they solemnly watched the jagged waves on a monitor screen. Their hands and shoulders brushed. Next to them, a man slept, unaware of his visitors. His face was fixed in a curious stillness, as if caught in time.
His hand rested on a goban by the bed. On it, an unfinished game.