Charlie Wilkins had everything he wanted—a husband, a daughter, a house that was his home. He still has his husband, but William has forgotten who he is. He still has his daughter, but the roles have switched, and she is now the one taking care of them.
There is only one thing Charlie wants, and that is to spend the rest of his days with William by his side. But William is living in a nursing home, and Charlie is living…somewhere. Ann says she will fix it; she’ll make sure they’ll get to live together again. Charlie hopes she will before William either escapes or figures out Charlie has left him in someone else’s care.
I'm normally a complete sucker, bawling my eyes out, for stories like this one, but "Trapped" never really gave me that usual gut punch right in the feels. Definitely not like TJ Klune's "John and Jackie" did, which was also about a devoted gay couple nearing the end of their long and happy journey together.
I did enjoy Charlie's utter devotion to his beloved William, as he waits patiently for his husband of many decades to recognize him, and William's unfaltering faithfulness to Charlie when he believes them both to still be much younger.
And I felt terrible for their daughter, Annie, who William steadfastly ignored during her every visit to the retirement home.
But other than that, the story never made me tear up. Not even close. So I'm not sure what to say, other than the fact that other readers seemed to connect much more deeply with this short story than I was.
The story, for me, was just okay, but not one that I'm likely to remember, and I'd rate it at around 3 stars.
My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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