We run into Grace's life as she is making a change as she encounters another woman whose life change is thrust upon her. The story is just over 3 pages long and in present tense, first-person point of view. The POV gives the story an immediacy and the realization the narrator reaches at the end of the story, I think, is that she is going to be cautious and protective of who she allows into her life in the future. I love the ending: "...with hugs and promises to write and phone often and the address and phone number I give Grace are the ones that I have invented."
"Dead Man in Lobby" is published in the Fall / Winter 2011-2012 issue of Ep;phany: A Literary Journal.
"She attempts to arrange his flipping, wide, unhinged lips so they stop looking like dead man's lips, and screams in French..."
"The lobby empties as if vacuumed."
Epiphany magazine web site