“Visitor” by Jack Dann
Card picked: 9♠
From: The Architecture of Fear, edited by Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz
After Mr. Benjamin died, he came back to Charlie’s room for a visit.
Charlie is fifteen and is suffering from peritonitis after an appendectomy. The other patients in the ward are similarly in pain, but Charlie had managed to make friends with Mr. Benjamin from across the hall. Even now that Mr. Benjamin is dead, their friendship isn’t over and maybe Mr. Benjamin can help as Charlie decides between a pain-filled life and an okay, but a little lonely, after-life.
While still not a story with a particular connection to specific architecture, I did enjoyed it’s gentle take on ghosts.