“Henry and Jim” by J M Snyder, originally published in Best Gay Romance 2008 (Cleis Press).
This is the story of two men who have been each other’s everything for a lifetime. Partners. Lovers. Husbands in every way except legally, because that wasn’t a possibility. They’ve sewn their lives together quietly and deeply, and been accepted by those around them. They have had decades of the best stuff life has to offer: true love. But now Jim is fading away, forgetting everything, and Henry is struggling to come to grips with that reality. This story is beautifully told but very bittersweet. You will cry, and your heart will ache, and hopefully after you put it down you will better appreciate the love you have, provided you are lucky enough to have a love like Henry and Jim’s.