“Ellen, in Her Time” by Charles L. Grant
Card picked: 4♠
From: The Architecture of Fear, edited by Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz
Timothy has recently suffered a devastating loss, of whom we don’t quite know at first. He’s having problems doing much more than visit the cemetery and return home to Ellen making comforting hot chocolate any time of the day or night… Okay, that’s a little weird…
Timothy away from home is a different man. When he does manage to go in to work, he is a very slick, and therefore successful, car salesman. He’s a bit of a ladies man with a good collection of phone numbers. Always has been.
Even when Ellen was alive.
This anthology is continuing to be rather lackluster, but at least the house in this story has a larger role than the places and buildings in several of the other tales. Timothy in his modest home with the memories/ghost of Ellen doesn’t really feel regretful for being unfaithful or unthoughtful, but he doesn’t feel the need to go anywhere either. The house seems to like it that way.