Downsizing by Hastings Kidd

“He’s a first-time buyer. Very keen. Always struggled with sports, girls and that. Trading up, now he’s got some money.” The agent leads me along a beige corridor. “Talk about your skiing. He’ll like that. So, what are you buying?”

It’s older, I say, mid-seventies. But healthy enough, physically. Dementia. The family can’t pay full-body care anymore. It’s not great but I’ve got child support to pay.

The agent pauses at a door. “Look, don’t mention all that. Keep it light.” It’s almost time to meet the man who might buy my body. “If he asks, just say you’re downsizing.”

Hastings Kidd writes short fiction and lives in rural England with his family.

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