The Lady in Black

By Tom Gumbert

He remembers the party, over sixty years past, when he first saw her. Standing in the corner; black dress, blonde hair, a cigarette between her lips, she took his breath away.

Theirs was a short courtship followed by a long marriage. Four children, nine grandchildren and infinite memories created over their lifetime. For better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ‘til death do us part.

Pandemic personal protection fails. From the isolation of his hospital bed, a woman appears. Holding a scythe and dressed in black, she beckons. He cannot resist. She takes his breath away.


Process efficiency manager by day and daydreamer by nature, Tom Gumbert, wife Andrea and their ‘Gumbert Mountain Kitties’ live in a log cabin overlooking the Ohio River near an Adena Burial Mound. Tom feels fortunate to have had previous work published alongside that of his literary heroes.

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